Remember when golfers were the highest money earning athletes? 50 highest earning celebrities I was shocked to find only one golfer among them.
By Pat Dolan
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San Diego, CA, USA
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Remember when golfers were the highest money earning athletes?
How many of you remember when Mark McCormack became Arnold Palmers agent and began getting him the highest paid product endorsement contracts ever for professional athletes?
At the time (1960's) professional golfers were being hailed as the highest money makers in professional sports. So with the recent publication of the 50 highest earning celebrities I was shocked to find only one golfer among them. Tiger Woods at number 44.
Years ago I had parents bringing their kids to me to learn golf because they wanted their kids to make money like Arnie did.
After looking over the top 50 celebrities list it would behoove today's parents to get their kids to grow up to be comedians who could act.
Believe it or not there was a contract well before any of Arnie's that "at the time" was the largest professional athlete endorsement contract ever. The year was 1957 (I think) and it was also by a golfer. Can you name the golfer, the company he signed with, the amount and last but not least the name of the parent company.
NEWS: 50 WHO MAKE THE MOST
Forbes magazine's list of the highest-earning U.S. celebrities:
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, producer, $267 million Larry David, writer, director, $242 million Steven Spielberg, director, producer, $175 million Oprah Winfrey, TV show host, actress, producer, $125 million James Cameron, director, $115 million Tim Allen, actor, $77 million Michael Jordan, basketball player, $69 million Michael Crichton, writer, director $65 million Harrison Ford, actor, $58 million Rolling Stones, rock group, $57 million Master P., music producer, $56.5 million Robin Williams, actor, $56 million Celine Dion, singer, $55.5 million Mel Gibson, actor, director, producer, $55 million Garth Brooks, singer, $54 million Sean "Puffy" Combs, music producer, $53.5 million Greg Daniels, writer, director, $53 million Mike Judge, writer, director, $53 million Chris Carter, writer, director, producer, $52 million David Copperfield, illusionist $49.5 million Spice Girls, singers, $49 million Paul Reiser, actor, writer, director, $48 million Eddie Murphy, actor, $47.5 million John Travolta, actor, $47 million Drew Carey, actor, $45.5 million Bonnie and Terry Turner, writer, director, $45 million Tom Hanks, actor, director, producer, $44 million Danny Jacobson, writer, director, $42 million Kevin Costner, actor, director, producer, $41 million Bright/Kauffman/Crane, TV producers, $40.5 million Brad Pitt, actor, $40 million Stephen King, writer, director, $40 million Nicolas Cage, actor, $38 million Bruce Helford, writer, director, $38 million Michael Schumacher, race car driver, $38 million Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, $37 million John Wells, writer, director, $35 million Will Smith, singer, actor, $34 million Jim Carrey, actor, $32.5 million Metallica, rock group, $32 million Helen Hunt, actress, $31 million Dave Matthews Band, music group, $30 million Sergei Federov, hockey player, $29.8 million Tiger Woods, golfer, $26.8 million Brian Grazer, writer, director, $26 million Dale Earnhardt, race car driver $24.1 million Jerry Bruckheimer, director, producer, $22 million Grant Hill, basketball player, $21.6 million Howard Stern, TV and radio host, $20 million Oscar de la Hoya, boxer, $18.5 million
Answer. The golfer was Gary Player. He signed with "Golfcraft" a club manufacturer who began making fiber glass shafted clubs. The shafts were made by their parent company "Shakespeare" which at the time was the number one manufacturer of fishing rods. The contract was for a half million dollars totally unheard of in all sports in those days.
Sincerely, a friend to any golfer. Pat Dolan Golf Pro.
Publication Date: March 15, 2001
About the Author
Pat Dolan, Golf Professional, specialized in teaching for over 42 years.
The late Pat Dolan taught golf at such prestigious golf courses as "The Colonial Country Club" in Fort Worth, Texas, "The Country Club" in Salt Lake City, Utah and "The Palm Springs Country Club" in the world famous golfing resort of Palm Springs, California. He was the Head Professional at the "The Russell Municipal Golf Course" in Russell, Kansas, "The Jal Country Club" in Jal, New Mexico and "The Riveria Golf Course" in Palm Springs, California. He graduated from the second PGA school in January 1958. It was held at the PGA National Headquarters in Dunedin, Florida. He served as chairman of the education committee for the New Mexico Chapter of the Southwest Section of the PGA for 2 years 1965 and 1966.
Golfers Lee Trevino, Sandra Palmer, Carlynne Whitworth and General James Wilson sought his advice before they became famous.
In his playing career he won a number of professional tournaments and set 7 course records.
He wrote "How to Turn Bogeys Into Birdies" (c)1988" and "The Worlds Greatest Golf Teacher" (c)1994. Pat also authored two newspaper golf columns and a golf advice letter Golfers Improving Easily and Affordably, guaranteed to instantly improve any golfers game.
His business career included serving as consultant to many golf course owners and The Tony Llama Boot Co. The Braille Institute and the John Riley Golf Co. also as loan officer of the Clarendon Trust Co. in Arlington, Virginia and sales manager for various companies. He is the designer of the Sure Out sand wedge in the Ben Hogan line of clubs.
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