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Forbes’ 20 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World (2015)

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Floyd Mayweather bests Manny Pacquiao again – and for the second year in a row tops everybody on Forbes’ annual list of the 100 richest athletes in the world.

Mayweather made almost twice as much as Pacquiao in the past 12 months – both the only current nine-figure sportsmen in the world. Together, they brought in nearly half a billion dollars ($300M + $160M).

Tiger Woods is the third member of the nine-figure club – he earned $105 million back in 2010 before it all fell apart. Still, Woods ranks ninth today, raking in a “paltry” $50.6 million.

According to Forbes, “the blockbuster showdown between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao” had most to do with the two boxers’ earnings (duh) – and with the overall increase across the board for the top 100.

Mayweather earned nearly $180 million and Pacquiao $120 million for their May 2nd fight.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are next on the list. World football has the most members of the top 20, along with NBA Basketball, tied with four apiece.

Any MLB Baseball? Why, yes. What? Jon Lester is the highest paid player in the game.

For a look at all 100 rankers and their salary/endorsements splits, check out Forbes’ spread, here.

ATHLETE SALARY + ENDORSEMENTS SPORT COUNTRY
1. Floyd Mayweather $300M Boxing USA
2. Manny Pacquiao $160M Boxing Philippines
3. Cristiano Ronaldo $79.6M World Football Portugal
4. Lionel Messi $73.8M World Football Argentina
5. Roger Federer $67M Tennis Switzerland
6. LeBron James $64.8M NBA Basketball USA
7. Kevin Durant $54.1M NBA Basketball USA
8. Phil Mickelson $50.8M PGA Golf USA
9. Tiger Woods $50.6M PGA Golf USA
10. Kobe Bryant $49.5M NBA Basketball USA
11. Ben Roethlisberger $48.9M NFL Football USA
12. Rory McIlroy $48.3M PGA Golf UK
13. Novak Djokovic $48.2M Tennis Serbia
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic $39.1M World Football Sweden
15. Lewis Hamilton $39M Formula One UK
16. Ndamukong Suh $38.6M NFL Football USA
17. Fernando Alonso $35.5M Formula One Spain
18. Gareth Bale $35M World Football UK
19. Jon Lester $34.1M MLB Baseball USA
20. Derrick Rose $33.9M NBA Basketball USA

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime via boxingnews24.com

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Golfers with the Most Players Championship Wins

Jack Nicklaus Won The First Players Championship In 1974

Jack Nicklaus Won The First Players Championship In 1974

“The Players” Championship has been around since 1974. It sports the biggest purse of any PGA (or any other global golf association) event. In 2015, $10 million will be parceled out amongst up to 75 finishers.

Last year, even second-place Jim Furyk made over $1 million (winner Martin Kaymer won $1.8 million).

Money is one thing, but there is a another reason The Players is known as the unofficial fifth major: the field – the top 50 golfers in the world per the current rankings headline the tournament.

In it’s 40 years (not including 2015), only six golfers have won the trophy more than once, with Jack Nicklaus at the top hoisting it thrice.

GOLFER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP WINS YEARS
1. Jack Nicklaus 3 1974, 1976, 1978
2. Davis Love III 2 1992, 2003
2. Fred Couples 2 1984, 1996
2. Hal Sutton 2 1983, 2000
2. Steve Elkington 2 1991, 1997
2. Tiger Woods 2 2001, 2013
7. Adam Scott 1 2004
7. Al Geiberger 1 1975
7. Calvin Peete 1 1985
7. Craig Perks 1 2002
7. David Duval 1 1999
7. Fred Funk 1 2005
7. Greg Norman 1 1994
7. Henrik Stenson 1 2009
7. Jerry Pate 1 1982
7. Jodie Mudd 1 1990
7. John Mahaffey 1 1986
7. Justin Leonard 1 1998
7. K. J. Choi 1 2011
7. Lanny Wadkins 1 1979
7. Lee Janzen 1 1995
7. Lee Trevino 1 1980
7. Mark Hayes 1 1977
7. Mark McCumber 1 1988
7. Martin Kaymer 1 2014
7. Matt Kuchar 1 2012
7. Nick Price 1 1993
7. Phil Mickelson 1 2007
7. Raymond Floyd 1 1981
7. Sandy Lyle 1 1987
7. Sergio García 1 2008
7. Stephen Ames 1 2006
7. Tim Clark 1 2010
7. Tom Kite 1 1989

Photo: pgatour.com

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and the 10 Youngest and 10 Oldest Golfers to Win The Masters

Jordan Spieth Has A Shot At Becoming The Youngest Masters Winner

Jordan Spieth Has A Shot At Becoming The Youngest Masters Winner

Heading into the Final Round of the 2014 Masters, Augusta rookie – and 20-year old – Jordan Spieth is tied with 2012 winner Bubba Watson at the top of the leaderboard at -5.

If Spieth wins, he’ll become the youngest Masters winner in history, unseating Tiger Woods who was 21 when he won in 1997 (with the biggest blowout and best score ever, at that).

Take a look at the 10 youngest golfers to win a Green Jacket, below. Seven of them are Jack Nicklaus (3), Tiger Woods (2) and Seve Ballesteros (2).

And the flip side?

Jack. 1986. 46-years old. One of the greatest moments in American sports history. Take a look:

Only five other players won the Masters over the age of 40. Check out today’s second list – the 10 oldest to win the Masters. Jimmy Demaret (May 24) and Sam Snead (May 27) were exactly the same age when both won theirs at the age of 39. It so happens that the 1950 Masters was held on April 3rd and the 1952 Masters on April 6th.

Nicklaus and Gary Player make both lists. Will Tiger?

10 Youngest Masters Winners

  GOLFER YEAR AGE TO PAR COUNTRY
1. Tiger Woods 1997 21   -18 USA
2. Seve Ballesteros 1980 23 0 mos. -13 Spain
3. Jack Nicklaus 1963 23 2 mos. -2 USA
4. Byron Nelson 1937 25 2 mos. -5 USA
5. Jack Nicklaus 1965 25 2 mos. -17 USA
6. Tiger Woods 2001 25 3 mos. -16 USA
7. Gary Player 1961 25 5 mos. -8 South Africa
8. Horton Smith 1934 25 10 mos. -4 USA
9. Seve Ballesteros 1983 26 0 mos. -8 Spain
10. Jack Nicklaus (Playoff) 1966 26 2 mos. E (-2) USA

10 Oldest Masters Winners

  GOLFER YEAR AGE TO PAR COUNTRY
1. Jack Nicklaus 1986 46   -9 USA
2. Ben Crenshaw 1995 43   -14 USA
3. Gary Player 1978 42   -11 South Africa
4. Sam Snead (Playoff) 1954 41 10 mos. 1 (-2) USA
5. Mark O’Meara 1998 41 2 mos. -9 USA
6. Ben Hogan 1953 40   -14 USA
7. Jimmy Demaret 1950 39 10 mos. -5 USA
7. Sam Snead 1952 39 10 mos. -2 USA
9. Phil Mickelson 2010 39 10 mos. -16 USA
10. Ángel Cabrera (Playoff) 2009 39 7 mos. -12 (E) Argentina

Photo: Getty via golf.com

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