Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods may be playing for a massive $9 million prize on Friday at Shadow Creek, but let’s just say the loser of the highly touted match won’t be in any financial turmoil.
In 2016 Forbes listed Mickelson’s net worth at $375 million, good for 18th on its list of America’s Wealthiest Celebrities.
Mickelson was ranked 74th in Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s highest paid celebrities, bringing in $41.3 million in earnings — $37 million from endorsements and $4.3 million from winnings. That was good enough to rank 22nd 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, Mickelson’s main sponsors include Intrepid Financial Partners, Workday, Callaway Golf, Amgen, ExxonMobil, KPMG and Rolex. Since then he’s also added a highly publicized partnership with Mizzen+Main, in which he’s an equity holder in the company.
Mickelson also ranked 6th 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 Mickelson’s career earnings at $815 million at the time. Prior to The Match vs. Woods, Mickelson’s career earnings on Tour are $88,254,084. That ranks second to Woods’s $115,504,853.
Mickelson and Woods, 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.