World No 1 Tiger Woods has cracked USD 1.3 billion in career earnings by leading the Golf Digest 50 with $83 million in income last year, the magazine reported on its website on Tuesday.
Woods, a 14-time major champion, topped the list for the 11th time in its 11-year history with USD 83,091,508, including an estimated USD 71 million off the course and more than USD 12 million in prize money.
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The article says Woods’ winnings of more than USD 155 million reflect less than 12 percent of his career earnings, with USD 1.16 billion coming from endorsements since his pro debut in 1996, a figure that continues to increase even in the wake of an infamous sex scandal and ensuing divorce.
A Woods deal with Electronic Arts involving a golf video game ended at the conclusion of 2013 and, while he has not approached pre-scandal endrosement totals above USD 100 million a year, he has bounced back from a 2011 low of USD 62 million in endorsement income.
Second on the Golf Digest list for 2013 income was Phil Mickelson at USD 52,009,156, with an estimated USD 45 million in endorsements and other non-prize money income.
The US left-hander won last year’s British Open and hopes to complete a career Grand Slam by winning this year’s US Open, an event where he is a record six-time runner-up.
Arnold Palmer, the 84-year-old golf icon, was third at USD 40 million. Jack Nicklaus ranked fourth at just over USD 26 million. Henrik Stenson was fifth at USD 21,444,670 while Rory McIlroy was sixth on USD 20,608,789.