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Can he really only be 36? Tiger Woods has been at the top since before the Internet went mainstream, and according to Forbes.com, he’s still the world’s most powerful athlete.
His putting might not be what it once was, but the Cypress superstar still makes enough greenbacks to get by ($1.779 million so far this year).
With Woods averaging $1.36 million in prize money for each of his 74 career tour wins, therichest.org values his total income since 1996 at $900 million, over $130 million of that relating to competition checks (minus taxes and agents’ fees).
The endorsement deals were and are his main money-spinner, but Woods’ traumatic end to 2009 bludgeoned his brand, with AT&T, Accenture, Gatorade, Gillette, Tag Heuer and others bailing out.
But Nike and Electronic Arts stuck by him and he has been experiencing a slight rebound effect, with the little-known Fuse Science and Rolex now signed up.
Still, but for a costly divorce (the $100 million settlement almost equating to Woods' competitive winnings) he could be back above the magical billion-dollar barrier, a figure Forbes claimed he breached a few months before that infamous crash.
The grubstakes might be thinner on the ground, but win another major and Woods can go back to naming his price.