Tiger Woods tops $100 million mark in career earnings on the PGA Tour

Jonathan Wall
September 4, 2012

Tiger Woods' comeback bid at the Deutsche Bank Championship came up short on Monday. But don't feel too bad for the 14-time major winner.

With the $544,000 he earned from finishing solo third, Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to eclipse the $100 million mark in career earning.

That, friends, is what we call "crazy money." Even with the increase in purses over the years -- thanks to Woods' popularity -- there's a good chance we'll never see another golfer get anywhere close to that number in the future, due in large part to the quality of today's tournament fields.

"Well, I just think the purse increase helps," Woods said after his final-round 66. "I've won fewer tournaments than Sam Snead has.  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.  It was nice to have a nice start to my career, and I won some majors early.  I think we got some interest in the game of golf."

Woods has a chance to add $10 million to that $100-million figure in three weeks at the Tour Championship. He's currently No. 3 in the FedExCup standings and if he can put together another strong week at the BMW Championship, he'll have a great chance to end 2012 on a high note in Atlanta.