Tiger Woods is still a few PGA Tour victories short of Sam Snead’s record. But in terms of money, no one has ever one more than Tiger. Woods became the first player in golf history to pass the $100 million mark in PGA Tour earnings.
The Associated Press reports that Woods earned $544,000 on Monday when he finished third in the Deutsche Bank Championship. His career total is now at $100,350,700.
“The purse increase helps… 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 has 82 PGA Tour victories to his name but only brought in $620,126 during his career. Snead’s biggest prize came in 1968 when he finished second in Milwaukee.
Woods has won 74 tournaments. About half of those wins came with a prize of $1 million or more. The Washington Post notes that Woods has 277 career starts, which means that he made an average of $362,276.89 during each of his professional tournaments.
According to ESPN, Tiger Woods is currently leading the money list for 2012. Woods has made just under $5 million this year alone.
Phil Mickelson is second on the all-time money list but he’s still more than $30 million behind Tiger. Mickelson finished fourth at TPC Boston and now has a career total of $66,805,498.