2) Rory McIlroy (Net Worth: £38 Million)
McIlroy will easily top this list in a few years’ time, and could even become one of the world’s richest sportsman, let alone golfer. He won two Majors last year, The Open and The US PGA Championship, which can be added to his previous US PGA title and US Open success. He needs to win only The Masters to complete a career grand slam, although the tournament was the scene for his infamous choke in the 2011 tournament, with the young Northern Irishman scoring the worst round of any leader going into the final day of the competition. At the age of 26 he has already earned over £40-million in prize money and that will only continue to increase. He also currently has a 10-year contract with Nike to use their golf equipment that will see him earn around £150-million. Add to this that his name now features on EA Sports PGA Tour series rather than Tiger Woods, and McIlroy has every chance of becoming an even bigger household name than his former idol. The Northern Irishman has already had some high profile personal controversy, having to pay his former management company an £18-million settlement and calling off his engagement to tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki, after the couple had send out their wedding invitations. Away from golf he is also known for his generous charity work, raising £1-million for the Daisy Lodge support centre for children with cancer through the Rory McIlroy Foundation.
1) Sir Nick Faldo (Net Worth: £38 Million)
Faldo has already announced that he plans on making July’s The Open Championship at St Andrews his last. The golf legend turns 58 years old during the tournament and has already begun to turn the focus of his attention to commentating and analysis of tournaments with American networks. As previously mentioned he is the record point scorer in Ryder Cup history, he has also won three The Open Championships and The Masters each and spent 97 weeks as world number one. Whilst Faldo had much success playing in the Ryder Cup, his own captaincy in 2008 has been referred to as one of Europe’s worst, with the Englishman criticised by media and players alike. His company, Faldo Enterprise, have designed 34 golf courses worldwide, and charge $1-million for their designs and the use of Faldo’s name. He made £5-million from sponsors last year and has been sponsored throughout his career by companies including Marriott Hotels, Moet, Hennessey and Glemorangie. He would almost certainly have a larger fortune if it were not for his three costly divorces.