Mickelson tops Woods on Top 50 Rich List

Phil Mickelson loves nothing better than beating Tiger Woods – in just about anything.

Woods might have more major championships, but its Mickelson that finds himself above Woods on one ‘major’ list – the highest-earning athletes list in the United States.

Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson with the 2013 British Open trophy (Credit: Getty Images)

‘Fabulous Phil’, the reigning British Open champion was a big earner both on and off the course, according to the recently-released Fortunate 50 list of highest-earning put out annually by Fortune.

Mickelson came in sixth with Woods “languishing” in seventh spot.

Amazingly, nine golfers actually made more money on the US Tour than Mickelson during the period from April, 2013 through to May, 2014.

Yet some lucrative endorsement deals pushed Mickelson past them on the earnings ladder.

He made $33 million away from the course in 2013, a mere $2m ahead of Woods, who raked in “just” $31million from deals with major contracts with NIKE, Rolex and several others.

Still Mickelson and Woods were the only two golfers on a list which was headlined by undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, who made $105 million last year.

Basketballers LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were in second and third spots, ahead of NFL footballers Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

With Mickelson and Woods at six and seven, another NFL player Tom Brady comes in at eight, followed by Derrick Rose (basketball) in at nine and Matthew Stafford (NFL) rounding out the top 10.

There’s an International top 20 list as well and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy came in 13th on that table, having earned $24,623,639 over the past 12 months.