Five golfers among Forbes' highest-paid athletes
- ‘Vietnam Golf Coast’ Forms to Create Unique Golf Destination
- Vietnam’s golf tourism promoted in India
- Vietnam’s young talent golfers compete to VPGA Tour 2018
- Vietnam’s number 1 golfer to compete at FLC Masters 2018
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.
Seven signature designed golf courses in Central Vietnam are joining hands to form a new golf-specific destination marketing group, extending from the up-and-coming city of Da Nang to the foothills of Hue and shores of Hoi An.
The Vietnamese Embassy in India on December 28 held a golf tourney at the Delhi Golf Club’s course to promote the image of Vietnam in general and the country’s golf tourism in particular.
The establishment of the VPGA Tour and FLC Vietnam Masters has offered a chance for young talents in Vietnam to compete, to challenge, and to find a clearer path for their career.