Tiger Woods is the most marketable athlete on the face of the planet, but the game of golf has its fair share of guys who are catching up to Tiger quickly in that department.
Golf is a terrific way to promote a product, and it is one of the few American sports that has sponsors appear on players shirts or their attire, in general.
More golfers are being picked up by leading companies to represent their brands than ever before. Here are five players other than Tiger Woods that have become the most marketable players on tour.
Titlest, Ping, Footjoy
K.J. Choi is one of the most popular players currently playing on tour, but his Korean background makes him an extremely marketable player in the far east.
Audemars Piguet, UPS, Bioflow Sport, Dunlop Collection, Footjoy, Jaguar, Ping, Titleist
The worlds No.2 ranked golfer has been a model of consistency over the past few years. Lee Westwood is of English descent, which means he appeals to not only people in the United States, but in Europe, as well.
Westwood caries himself well which is why so many companies represent him.
Puma, Titleist, Trion: Z
Rickie Fowler is one of the best players on the PGA Tour, and he is just the player that the game of golf needs. The game needed a player on the scene who exudes style, youth and edge, and Fowler does just that.
He is the younger version of John Daly when it comes to the funky style characteristic, and it makes fans raise their attention to him even if they do not know who he is.
Audemars Piguet, EA Sports, Footjoy, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts
Rory McIlroy exploded onto the scene this season after his acclaimed collapse at Augusta National. The 22-year-old bounced back, however, by winning the U.S. Open over Jason Day by eight strokes in one of the most dominating performances ever in a major.
McIlroy has benefited from his outstanding play at such a young age with the number of sponsors that currently support him. Rory not only has an enormous fan base in America, but also in his native Northern Ireland and Europe. This aspect makes him one of the most marketable players that golf has ever seen.
Callaway Golf, Ford, KPMG, Barclays, Grayhawk Golf Club, Rolex, Exxon Mobil, Amgen/Pfizer
Phil Mickelson takes home about $57,000,000 million dollars a year in endorsements, which means that he is a exceptionally marketable player.
Mickelson is second in wages earned by a professional athlete each year to only Tiger Woods, meaning he ranks higher than LeBron James, Derek Jeter, and other prominent stars.