As the Masters gets underway Thursday, so much of the talk will be about winning the famous green jacket and the $9 million purse. This year's winner will take home $1.62 million.
That's all great—but the real green is away from the rolling fairways of Augusta. For the vast majority of top players, off-course payments outstrip their Sunday winnings.
Take for example, Tiger Woods. In almost 20 years as a professional golfer, he's earned $156 million on the course, but a massive $1.2 billion away from it. That data comes from Golf Digest, which also broke down the 50 highest-paid golfers from last year. This is where the endorsement statistics are massive.
Below are last year's highest paid golfers, and you can see that most of the money is clearly coming off the course—not just for the top 5 players, but for most everybody else as well. Look at the shape of this graph; it's so tall because that's how much the endorsements outstrip actual golf tournament earnings.