With his win Sunday at the AT&T National, Tiger Woods passed the surreal number of $99 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.
The $100 million contract is nothing new to leagues such as the NBA, NFL or Major League Baseball, but this total is completely unprecedented on the PGA Tour. Woods has long been the circuit’s all-time leader in career earnings. In fact, no other player has made $70 million in his career.
It’s no coincidence that Woods’ career arc mirrored that of the PGA Tour’s growth in purses and annual revenues. With Tiger reaching the $100 million milestone, we at Numbers Game would like to offer some perspective on the difference Woods has helped make in the bank accounts of touring pros over the past 15 or so years.
In August 1996, Tiger Woods turned pro. At the end of 1995, the PGA Tour’s all-time leader in career earnings was Greg Norman — with $9.6 million. Tiger has made more than 10 times that amount on the PGA Tour in his career so far.
In fact, Tiger has made more than $9.6 million in PGA Tour earnings in four different single seasons. In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, Woods made more than $9.6 million. Vijay Singh holds the PGA Tour single-season record for earnings, making $10.9 million in 2004.
Before Woods did it in 1997, no player had ever made more than $2 million in a single season on the PGA Tour. In 2009, a record 38 players made at least $2 million.
In 1995, Tiger’s last full year as an amateur, only nine PGA Tour players made $1 million. In 2008, 104 players made at least $1 million (also a record for the PGA Tour).
That’s why Tiger’s ex-wife can knock down a $12Million dollar house and build a brand new one in it’s place!