The 23-year-old Spieth came in at 10th on the list earning a whopping $53 million between June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016. Not bad for a golfer who isn’t Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods.
Golf’s golden boy banked $53 million this past year. Spieth won two major titles and became the youngest U.S. Open champion since 1923. The rising sports star raked in $32 million in lucrative endorsement deals with brands like Under Armour, Coca-Cola and Titleist, and also mints millions in appearance fees at events all over the world.
Those appearance fee numbers will go down this season for Spieth as he isn’t traveling the globe during the wrap-around season outside of the Australian Open this week where he is currently tied for ninth at two-under.
McIlroy, who is 27, ranked 14th earning $42.5 million in 2016.
The golfer’s on-course earnings fell by nearly $9 million, but McIlroy continues to be a bankable marketing star. Nike, his biggest endorsement deal, pays nearly $20 million annually. He also settled a messy lawsuit last year with former agents who accused him of owing millions of dollars in commissions.
Taylor Swift, $170 million, and One Direction, $110 million, top the list followed by Lionel Messi in third earning $81.5 million.
Here are the rest of the athletes that made the top 30 list:
|6||Novak Djokovic||29||$56 million||Tennis|
|6||Kevin Durant||28||$56 million||NBA|
|10||Cam Newton||27||$53 million||NFL|
|15||Russell Wilson||27||$42 million||NFL|
|16||Sebastian Vettel||29||$41 million||F1|
|18||Rafael Nadal||30||$37.5 million||Tennis|
|20||Gareth Bale||26||$36 million||Soccer|
|21||Marcell Dareus||26||$35 million||NFL|
|22||Derrick Rose||28||$34 million||NBA|
|23||A.J. Green||28||$33.5 million||NFL|
|23||Kei Nishikori||26||$33.5 million||Tennis|
|26||James Harden||28||$33 million||NBA|
|27||Usain Bolt||30||$32.5 million||Track|
|28||Clayton Kershaw||28||$32 million||MLB|
|29||Olivier Vernon||26||$32 million||NFL|
|30||Kyrie Irving||24||$28.5 million||NBA|