Woods becomes first $100-million man

Tiger Woods has become the first $100 million man on the PGA Tour.

NORTON, Mass. — Tiger Woods has become the first $100 million man on the PGA Tour.

Woods finished third in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday to earn $544,000 and push his career total to $100,350,700.

Next on the list is Phil Mickelson — more than $30 million behind at $66,805,498 after finishing fourth at the TPC Boston.

“The purse increase helps,” Woods said after a final-round 66 left him two strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy in the second week of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoff.

“I won fewer tournaments than Sam Snead has, but obviously he was in a different era. It’s just that we happened to time it up right and happened to play well when the purses really had a nice spike up.”

Snead, the career leader with 82 PGA Tour victories, earned just $620,126 in a career that started in 1937.

His biggest prize was $28,000 for a second-place finish in Milwaukee in 1968, and for most of his prime he played in tournaments with a total purse — that’s all the payouts combined — of less than $100,000.

Woods has won 74 tournaments, second all-time, including 38 times with a first prize of $1 million or more.

His winnings come out to an average of $362,276.89 for each of his 277 career starts.

But it’s not just good timing: Prize money skyrocketed on the PGA Tour after Woods went pro and brought huge crowds and television audiences to the sport.

“It was nice to have a nice start to my career, and I won some majors early,” he said. “I think we got some interest in the game of golf. A lot more youth, that’s for sure.”

This weekend’s Deutsche Bank paid out $8 million, including the $1.44 million that went to McIlroy for his third victory of the year.

By finishing strong — he was in the 60s in all four rounds — Woods remains in contention for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus, which he has won twice. That money isn’t even included in his official career earnings, nor is the hundreds of millions he has collected in endorsements.

Just Posted

Separate lightning strikes hit two vehicles near Ponoka

No one injured in lightning strikes on Thursday morning

Government changes working conditions to meet wildfire observers’ needs

Wildfire observers opposed mandatory days off with no pay

More RCMP resources recommended for Red Deer’s downtown and other priorities

City council to consider where to designate three additional officers

Red Deer rents among the lowest in Canada

One-bedroom unit averages $1,056 per month

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Blue Jays bat around in 4th and 6th, rout Tigers 12-1

Blue Jays 12 Tigers 1 DETROIT — Marcus Stroman breezed through seven… Continue reading

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

CALGARY — A Calgary judge has denied British Columbia’s attempt to block… Continue reading

New coach Khari Jones looks to lead Montreal Alouettes to third win in a row

MONTREAL — Veteran defensive end John Bowman has seen his fair share… Continue reading

American father, two sons among passengers on plane in fatal Labrador crash

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — An American father and his two sons vacationing… Continue reading

Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins… Continue reading

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn’t see a lot of crime.… Continue reading

Statistics Canada reports retail sales fell 0.1 per cent in May to $51.5B

OTTAWA — Canadian retail sales fell for the first time in four… Continue reading

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada has lowered the rate used by… Continue reading

Most Read