Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jordan Spieth jumps from 85th to 9th on highest-paid athletes list

Jordan Spieth won two majors, three more times on the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup in 2015. Not only did he make bank last year from his performance inside the ropes, but his transformation into the face of the next generation of American golf scored him even more off the course.

According to a Forbes estimate, Spieth made $52.8 million in 2015, jumping from 85th to ninth place on the publication's list of highest-paid athletes.

Spieth enjoys deals with Under Armour, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Titleist, Rolex, SuperStroke grips and NetJets.

The 22-year-old is the youngest athlete on the list. However, he's not the highest-ranked golfer. Phil Mickelson nicked Spieth by an estimated $100,000. Tiger Woods fell out of the top 10 for the first time, into 12th place, still earning $45.3 million last year.

Spieth is significantly ahead of his younger peers. Rory McIlroy checked in at No. 17 on the list with $42.6 million in earnings, while Jason Day is tied for 69th along with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry at $23.6 million.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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