With his third-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, Tiger Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to cross the $100 million mark in career earnings.
Heading into this week’s second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Woods had earned $99,806,700. The $544,000 he earns for finishing at least alone in third will take him to $100,350,700 in total earnings.
Before Woods turned pro in ’96, Greg Norman led the PGA Tour in career earnings with $9.6 million. Vijay Singh now sits second behind Woods in career PGA Tour earnings, almost $34 million behind the 14-time major winner.
Since he said “Hello, world,” Woods has made 291 PGA Tour starts, averaging $344,848 per start. It all began with a cash for $2,544 for finishing T-60 at the Greater Milwaukee Open.
Needless to say, Woods has been the catalyst for massive growth in PGA Tour purses in the next 16 years.
In his sixth professional start, Woods finished third at the Valero Texas Open. For that effort, he took home $81,600. His third-place finish on Monday netted almost seven times that amount of money.