Wednesday May 26, 2021 – It would be a disservice to Phil if we talked about anyone but him. This is his edition of The Morning Dump. He earned it.
Just how special of a win was it?
Well for starters, Phil became just the 6th player in PGA Tour history to hold a lead in a major in four different decades, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Sam Snead, and Raymond Floyd.
And, while his legacy was set long before this week, this win provides a degree of longevity. With this win, Phil receives an automatic 5-year exemption to all major championships.
This is particularly meaningful to Phil ahead of next month’s U.S. Open.
Why? It’s being hosted at his hometown course of Torrey Pines and prior to last week Phil was going to play on a special exemption granted by the USGA. That’s no longer the case. He can now chase the elusive career grand slam on his own merit.
How about the financials?
It’s strange to say that a $2.16 million payday doesn’t matter. But in Phil’s case, it doesn’t. Financially speaking, he’s set. This championship was about legacy.
But, for those that are curious about dollars and cents, we’ve got you covered.
Lefty is #2 in on-course earnings having made over $94 million throughout his hall of fame career. Who do you think is #1? Hint: 🐅.
But, as is the case with many tier 1 golfers, their individual brands are what drive the most predictable $. Get ready to have your mind blown…
Forbes estimates that Phil has made more than $750 million from endorsements thanks to sponsors such as Rolex, KPMG, Workday, Callaway, and Amstel Light, among others.
While that dollar value certainly carries some “sticker shock”, it’s not all that surprising. Phil is pure class and has the personality to back it up.
In our opinion, those brands are lucky to have him on their rosters.