The sport of golf has come a long way in terms of monetary compensation because of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and most recently, Tiger Woods. To give you an idea of how much things have changed, check out the link in the tweet below to see Jack’s first professional golf check of $33.33.
On this day 52 years ago, rookie Jack Nicklaus made his first check as a professional at the Los… http://t.co/Pvrn4OT9Yq
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) January 9, 2014
The Golden Bear tied for 50th place at the 1952 Los Angeles Open. In 2013, the players finishing t-51 at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles made $15,444 each.
Today, the top PGA Tour players are millionaires many times over. Arnold Palmer’s popularity on television laid the groundwork for the game’s growth in the 1950s, and the paychecks steadily rose for a number of years. As Tiger Woods’ popularity skyrocketed in the late 90s, so did the paychecks on Tour. The modern player has Tiger Woods to thank for their paycheck, but none of that would have been possible without Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, and other legends of the game.