How Much do PGA Tour Players Make Compared to Other Professional Sports

How Much do PGA Tour Players Make Compared to Other Professional Sports

This past week, we saw historic numbers in the game of Golf. Jon Rahm just got a whopping $300 million up front and could see as high as $700 million during his time with LIV Golf.

It is funny to think that the ENTIRE PGA Tour prize pool for this past year was $460 million. That number is to get split up amongst every player for the entire year. To make you laugh a bit more, that was the biggest prize pool in PGA Tour History.

Now being a professional golfer on the PGA Tour is not a bad gig. Travel the world with no “real” injury or health concerns, great benefits, and get to play a very prestigious game on a daily basis.

Let’s take a look at where a few PGA Tour players rank in earnings compared to other major sports.

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How Much do PGA Tour Players Make Compared to Other Professional Sports

*Salaries are average earnings for 2024-2025 via https://www.spotrac.com/

#1 Scottie Scheffler $21,014,342

Where does that compare to…

NFL, 46th Highest Paid: Trey Hendrickson (CIN DE), DeForest Buckner (IND DT), Javon Hargrave (SF DT), Jaire Alexander (GB CB)

MLB, 43rd Highest Paid: Chris Bassitt (TOR SP), Matt Olson (ATL 1B)

NHL: N/a

NBA, 69th Highest Paid: Dillon Brooks (HOU SF)

#5 Max Homa $10,761,517

Where does that compare to…

NFL, 204th Highest Paid: Justin Reid (KC SS)

MLB, 129th Highest Paid: Steven Matz (STL SP), Lance Lynn (STL SP), Taylor Rogers (SF RP), Eugenio Suarez (SF 3B)

NHL, 10th Highest Paid: Mitchell Marner (TOR RW)

NBA, 142nd Highest Paid: Larry Nance (NOP PF)

#10 Xander Schauffele $8,459,066

Where does that compare to…

NFL, 249th Highest Paid: Anthony Richardson (IND QB)

MLB, 150th Highest Paid: Luis Robert Jr. (CWS OF)

NHL, 52nd Highest Paid: Roope Hintz (DAL LW), Miro Heiskanen (DAL D)

NBA, 156th Highes Paid: TJ McConnell (IND PG)

#25 Russell Henley $6,332,282

Where does that compare to…

NFL, 307th Highest Paid: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (CLE DE)

MLB, 173 Highest Paid: Keibert Ruiz (WSN C)

NHL, 116th Highest Paid: John Gibson (ANA G)

NBA, 183rd Highest Paid: Taylor Hendricks (UTA PF)

#50 J.T. Poston $3,699,409

Where does that compare to…

NFL, 447th Highest Paid: Zion Johnson (LAC G)

MLB, 206th Highest Paid: Jose Leclerc (TEX RP)

NHL, 255th Highest Paid: Frank Vatrano (ANA LW), Ryan Suter (DAL D)

NBA, 230th Highest Paid: Jake LaRavia (MEM PF)

$100 Nate Lashley $1,749,031

Where does that compare to…

NFL, 634th Highest Paid: Riley Dixon (DEN P)

MLB, 233rd Highest Paid: Joe Ross (MIL SP), Paul DeJong (CWS SS)

NHL, 358th Highest Paid: Nicolas Deslauriers (PHI LW)

NBA, 307th Highest Paid: Bryce McGowans (CHA SG)

 

In short, Golf has a money problem. With the unreal Saudi Money plus being one of the lesser-funded professional sports, they are getting lapped. It seems that a “solution” is on the table, but it seems more like a “waving the white flag” gesture than anything else. Only time will tell, but as of now, the future of golf is bleak, to say the least.

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