Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are playing for a massive $9 million prize on Friday at Shadow Creek, but don’t feel too bad for the loser. They won’t be in any sort of financial crisis mode just yet.
In 2016 Forbes listed Woods’s net worth at a whopping $740 million. That ranked him No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Wealthiest Celebrities.
Woods ranked 66th in Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s highest paid celebrities with $43.3 million in earnings. Only $1.3 million came from winnings that season, yet he had $42 million in endorsements. That ranked him 16th on Forbes’ highest paid athletes list.
The list compiles pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018, and deducts manager, lawyer and agents fees.
According to Forbes at the time of publication, Woods’s main sponsors include Upper Deck, TaylorMade, Monster Energy, Bridgestone, Hero Motocorp, Nike and Rolex.
Woods also ranked 2nd in Forbes’ list of the 25 highest-paid athletes of all time, which was published in December 2017. That list factored earning estimates, winnings, endorsements, appearance fees and more. Forbes estimated Woods’s career earnings at $1.7 billion at the time. Prior to The Match vs. Mickelson, Woods’s career earnings on Tour are $115,504,853. That’s the most all time, and Mickelson’s $88,254,084 in career earnings is second.
Woods and Mickelson, for years rivals on the course, have warmed their relationship, at least publicly, in the past year in the wake of the highly touted match in Las Vegas. It started with a surprising practice round at Augusta National during Masters week and has ramped up since. The Match, if it continues as an on-going event, could be a lucrative investment for the pair.
The Match vs. Woods is being broadcast on pay-per-view for $19.99. It’s commercial-free and includes an hour-long pre-match show.