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Added July 22nd, 2010 by Chalk

Tiger & Phil: America’s Highest-Paid Athletes
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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are still the top two golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings, and for the second year in a row Sports Illustrated reports they are still the top two highest-paid American athletes.  Woods is also the world’s highest-paid athlete,with Mickelson third in the world behind tennis star Roger Federer and ahead of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

SI’s numbers are based on golf and tennis winnings for 2009, but estimates of 2010 endorsement money, so an interesting focus is how much of a money hit Woods took from the infidelity scandals that began last Thanksgiving.  Last year’s SI list had Woods earning $92 million from endorsements, and this year his endorsements have dropped $22 million down to $70 million.  But Tiger’s prize money went up about $12 million from 2008 to 2009, so his total didn’t drop that much to $90 million.  USA Today also reports that his video game sales are down 33%.

Mickelson still makes about $30 million less than Tiger, but he’s closing the gap — last year he made about $47 million less than Tiger.  Phil’s winnings and endorsements are both up from the previous year, and the $52 million in endorsements he’ll make in 2010 is alone more than all but three other athletes make in combined salary and endorsements.

So far in 2010, Woods has won only $789,511 — with most of that cash coming from T-4 finishes in The Masters and US Open.  Mickelson has won about $3.2 million in 2010 — two-thirds of that in a one-month stretch when he won The Masters and finished second at Quail Hollow.

The rest of the world’s top 10 highest paid athletes:

  • #5 LeBron James, Miami Heat ($45.7m)
  • #6 Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona ($44m)
  • #7 David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy ($40.5m)
  • #8 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid ($40m)
  • #9 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees ($39m)
  • #10 Manny Pacquiao, boxing ($38m)

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