Five golfers among Forbes' highest-paid athletes
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Tiger Woods led a group of five golfers included among Forbes Magazine's annual list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.
The ranking combines both "salary/winnings" and endorsement money, with boxer Floyd Mayweather taking the top spot with a combined $285 million. Woods came in at No. 16, sandwiched between boxer Canelo Alvarez and NFL quarterback Drew Brees, with $43.3 million, of which $42 million came from endorsements.
Three other golfers landed in the mid-20s, with Phil Mickelson ($41.3 million) listed at No. 22, Jordan Spieth right behind him at No. 23 ($41.2 million), and Rory McIlroy at No. 27 ($37.7 million). Spieth had the most on-course earnings of the trio with $11.2 million, but his $30 million in endorsements trailed both Mickelson ($37 million) and McIlroy ($34 million)
Justin Thomas was the only other golfer to crack the top 100, listed at No. 66 with a haul of $26 million.
At age 47, Mickelson was the oldest athlete to make the list, followed by 42-year-old Woods and 41-year-old Mayweather.
Outside of Mayweather, the top American-based athlete to make the list was LeBron James at No. 6 with $85.5 million. Stephen Curry ($76.9 million) and quarterbacks Matt Ryan ($67.3 million) and Matthew Stafford ($59.5 million) occupied the final three spots in the top 10.
Brooks Koepka hailed Portrush caddie Ricky Elliott for helping him come back from the dead to become the youngest player to win back-to-back US Opens for 80 years.
Rory McIlroy arrived in the Hamptons a week early, plunged into the Long Island golf scene with a passionate zeal and began the U.S. Open with effusive optimism.
U.S. Open week kicked off with several missed tee times for Monday’s practice round. Players traveling from the player host hotels east of Shinnecock Hills had what should’ve been a 15-minute commute lengthened to nearly two hours because of heavy traffic delays.