BRW Rich List proves it pays to play golf

In further proof that golf is not only a game but potentially a career for life, golfers featured prominently on BRW’s annual list of Australia’s highest earners in sport.

10 players were listed for estimated on and off course earnings in 2012 – Adam Scott, Jason Day, Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Greg Chalmers, Marcus Fraser, Brendan Jones and Peter Senior – in a year that saw only one Australian winner (Leishman) on the lucrative PGA Tour, where winner’s cheques generally exceed US $1 million.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Basketball’s Andrew Bogut topped the list with $13.5 million while Dan Christian showed how the Indian Premier League has boosted cricketer’s incomes, rounding out the list at No. 50 with earnings of $1.2 million among 9 cricketers on the list.

Scott was golf’s top earner with $10.5 million, ranking third behind Bogut and Mark Webber (Motor racing), while Day’s $4 million saw him rankled 11th with Baddeley 12th with $3.8 million.

Australian Open champion Peter Senior is ranked 49th with $1.2 million although that figure seems low, given his Australasian PGA Tour and Champions Tour earnings combined indicates a higher figure before any off course earnings are taken into account.

BRW estimate there were at least another 20 Australians, who earned over $1 million for the year, including Robert Allenby and Karrie Webb. Hardly a bad year by anyone’s estimation.

Kids, get to the practice tee!