Phil takes over Tiger as world’s best paid golfer

The former world number one, Tiger Woods, has lost his status as the highest-paid golfer in the world.

And while he will have one of the biggest following at this week’s US Open, Woods now trails Phil Mickelson as the biggest earner from golf.

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Leading US business magazine Forbes, has listed Woods in ninth place on their latest list of top-earning athletes with a return of just $A65.3m.

Even that is something of a slump from just two years ago when he was the No 1 earner with $A104 million.

Sadly, for him, it is the first time since he turned professional in 1996 that Woods has not been on top of the golfing compensation charts.

Mickelson edged out Woods by $200,000, thanks to amassing more than three million dollars on the course in 2014 while Wood made less than a million, by comparison.

World number one, Rory McIlroy, is 12th on the list with $A62m.

Woods remains in the top 10 despite the continuing decline in his golf game this year.

Not surprisingly, US boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather topped the list for the second successive year with the majority of his $A387m in earnings over the past 12 months coming from his big fight with Manny Pacquiao.

That bout also left Pacquiao in second spot on the list with Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo edging Barcelona rival Lionel Messi for third on the list, with Ronaldo coming in at $A102m and Messi $A95m.

Tennis great Roger Federer is also in the top five with earnings of $US86m.

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is again the highest woman on the list at 26, with total earnings of $A38m.