Table: PGA Tour: Ernie Els

Els, like fellow South African trailblazer Gary Player, easily leads professional golf in miles traveled each year. When he's not recovering from knee surgery, it is not unusual for Els to play tournaments -- and win -- on the PGA Tour, European tour, Sunshine Tour, and Australasia tour all in the same year. Basing himself near London and using a private jet positions him perfectly for travel. And his endorsement partners benefit greatly from the worldwide exposure he brings to their products. Annual income figures are listed here.


Els has worn this titanium necklace since early 2004. Income: Less than $100,000


It gets the hat and chest (two spots in every photo) and lots of prime TV.

Income: $3 million


Els canceled this deal -- the five-days-a-year commitment to outings conflicted with his travel and family life.


The watch gets in all those hoisting-the-trophy photos.

Income: $250,000


With Cleveland Golf and Fidra now owned by the same company, Quiksilver, Els could be looking for a new clothing deal for 2006.

Income: Mid six figures


It gets him for lower than the market rate by allowing him to sell his hat space to another company.

Income: $3 million


$750,000 to $1 million a pop for non-PGA Tour events. Els plays up to 10 tournaments outside the U.S.

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