BusinessJune 10, 2015

Report: Tiger Woods is no longer the highest-paid golfer

Even during a rocky past few years in the Official World Golf Ranking, you could always count on Tiger Woods to hold the No. 1 spot on the list of golf's top earners.

Not anymore.

According to Forbes' latest ranking of the world's highest-paid athletes, Woods was passed by Phil Mickelson. This is the first time in Tiger's pro career that he hasn't been the most well-compensated golfer.

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Forbes has Mickelson at $50.8 million edging Woods by a nose at $50.6 million. Neither player made his usual amount of money on the course last year, but Phil's $2.8 million proved to be the difference versus an oft-injured Woods' paltry $0.6 million.

Related: Golf Digest's ranking of the top 50 earners in golf

On the overall list of athletes, Mickelson ranks eighth and Woods is ninth. Boxer Floyd Mayweather leads by far with a whopping $300 million in earnings, followed by Manny Pacquiao at $160 million (so much for boxing being a dying sport). A pair of soccer players, Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.6M) and Lionel Messi ($73.8M) check in next, followed by Roger Federer ($67M), LeBron James ($64.8M) and Kevin Durant ($54.1M).

Just behind Tiger and Phil is Rory McIlroy, whose $48.3 million places him 12th overall. No other golfer made the top 100.

Earlier this year, the Golf Digest 50 still had Woods holding down the top spot at $55.1 million, but Mickelson and McIlroy were closing in. Woods made $121.9M at his peak in 2009 before his scandal.

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