8) Graeme McDowell (Net Worth: £25 Million)
Whilst McDowell turned professional in 2002, He struggled for consistency, swapping between the PGA and European Tour. He was part of the European team at the 2008 Ryder Cup and won 2.5-points as the European team were blown away by their U.S. counterparts. The defining year of McDowell’s career thus far is 2010. The year started with him becoming the first Northern Irishman to win the US Open, and first European since Tony Jacklin’s win in 1970. McDowell would then go on to win the final match of the 2010 Ryder Cup and gain the European team a 14.5 – 13.5 victory. The Northern Irishman has won in excess of £20-million in prize money and has sponsorship deals with Mastercard, Royal Bank of Canada and Ecco. In 2011, McDowell signed a deal with Japanese golf equipment maker, Srixon, which sees him net £1.8-million a year.
7) Ian Poulter (Net Worth: £26 Million)
Poulter is almost as known for his unique and quirky clothing on the golf course as he is his phenomenal performances for the European Team at the Ryder Cup. At the 2010 Ryder Cup tournament Poulter was Europe’s joined-top point scorer, whilst his heroic and talismanic performance in 2012 gave the European team the hope and chance to complete the ‘Miracle in Medinah’. Away from the Ryder Cup, Poulter has 16 tournament wins to his name and finished second in the 2008 Open Championship. The affable Englishman has a number of sponsors, including Puma Golf, Nixon, EA Sports and Mastercard, with part of this being due to his endearing personality and panache for garish outfits. Away from sport Poulter has the Ian Poulter Enterprise, a men’s clothing retailer, and an impressive collection of cars. He currently lives in Florida with his wife and children, although he owns a property still in Milton Keynes where he was brought up. Golf Digest calculated his earnings for 2014 as just below £5-million.