Bubba Watson might not be a household name like some of the biggest superstars in golf, but it doesn’t mean that he isn’t making superstar money. One of the best professional golfers of the last decade, Watson has made himself a good living thanks to his legendary drive. With golf in limbo with the rest of the sporting world, it’s time to look back at Watson’s career and see just how much he’s made to date.
A solid golf career
Watson began golfing as a high school junior, but despite picking up his clubs later than most, it didn’t stop him from going above and beyond the rest of his competition.
By 2002, he was good enough to play with the professionals, joining the Nationwide Tour with hopes of eventually reaching the lives of the PGA. After ranking near the top 20 in 2005, he officially joined the PGA tour in 2006.
Watson’s ability to drive the ball a seemingly infinite range combined with accuracy gave him a leg up on even the best professional golfers. He won his first PGA title in 2010 at the Traveler’s Championship, and later that year he put his name on the map after coming in second during the PGA Championship. Perhaps, Watson’s greatest accomplishment as a young professional came in 2011, when he won the Farmers Insurance Open over Phil Mickelson.
Watson finally got his elusive major in 2012, when he won in sudden-death over Louis Oosthuizen at the 2012 Masters. He would follow that up with another win at the same tournament two years later. Fast forward to 2020, and Watson is consistently near the top of the standings, even if he’s fallen off in recent years.
Still, with several memorable performances throughout the years, Watson isn’t hurting for money by any stretch.
Bubba Watson as a brand
Watson might not be a superstar in the way that Tiger Woods or even Rory McIlroy are. Chances are, he can go out for a dinner with his family without an onslaught of paparazzi shining flashes in his face. However, that doesn’t mean that he is lacking when it comes to endorsements. At the height of his domination, Watson was making nearly $4 million in endorsements.
His wins at the Masters made him a marketable face for Oakley, Richard Milne, Ping, Titleist, and EA Sports, just to name a few. He isn’t a mainstay on commercials that are aimed at a broad audience, but among golf fans, he is enough to make them consider a wide variety of brands and products. Watson is content living just above the plane of obscurity.
More recently, Watson made headlines for an interesting business choice when it comes to endorsement deals. Watson made headlines after partnering with a CBD company called cbdMD.
As a cannabis extract, this decision was met with both ire and praise, but it showed a willingness to think outside of the box and join other athletes like Joe Montana in the cannabis world.
What is Bubba Watson’s net worth?
Watson is now in his 40s and likely has seen his best days, already. His marketability and golf prowess, however, have made him a very wealthy man compared to the average fan.
According to WealthyPersons.com, Watson is now worth about $30 million. His winning checks combined with his endorsement have he and his family set for life. Despite all this success, however, he shows no sign that he is going to stop any time soon.
Golf is a fascinating sport where most players are not going to have the same star-power as NBA players or football stars. Despite this, people like Watson show that there is a path to wealth for those who might not have a chance to be the next Tiger. At 41 years old, the only question left is how long he will be able to keep it up.