Want to make a good living in sport?...Take up golf

Published 1732 GMT (0132 HKT) November 14, 2017
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If you want to make millions out of a sporting career, your best bet might be to take up golf... ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
There are already 143 men who have won at least $1 million in prize money this year on golf's PGA Tour in the US and the European Tour. Justin Thomas, pictured, tops the money list for 2017 with $9.9 million from 25 events. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
By contrast, 49 men have won at least $1 million on tennis' ATP World Tour this season. Reigning French Open and US Open champion Rafael Nadal leads the money list with $12.6 million in on-court earnings CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Although Roger Federer has won 19 tennis majors compared with 14 golf majors for Woods, the two have earned roughly the same prize money in their careers with around $110 million. Harry DiOrio/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
These numbers change when we compare women's tennis and golf. With the women's tennis season now officially over, 37 players on the WTA tour -- including year-end world No. 1 Simona Halep -- made $1 million or more. Elsa/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Venus Williams topped the 2017 money list in women's tennis, earning $5.5 million from reaching two major finals at Wimbledon and the Australian Open and finishing runner-up at the year-end WTA Finals. Elsa/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
South Korean golfer Sung Hyun Park, winner of the Women's US Open, leads the LPGA 2017 money list with $2.3 million in prize money. Elsa/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
With a sport so dependent on physical strength, endurance and recovery, tennis players have a limited window in their careers during which they have to make their money. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Golfers don't have that kind of immediate pressure. Take American Steve Stricker, who despite being 50 years of age still earned just over $1 million in prize money this year on the PGA Tour. Getty Images
For male golfers long past their prime, there is still serious money to be made. Now 60 and in the latter stages of his long career, Bernhard Langer leads the Champions Tour 2017 money list with just over $3.6 million -- which would rank him fourth on the men's tennis tour behind Nadal, Federer and Germany's Alexander Zverev. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America/Getty Images