Originally posted on Sports Business Digest  |  Last updated 9/4/12

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 09: Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods has officially gone where no other golfer has gone before. On Monday, Woods placed third in the Deutsche Bank Championship and brought in a purse of a little over half a million dollars ($544,000). That third place finish pushed Woods over the $100 million dollar mark for career PGA earnings ($100,350,700), the first golfer to achieve the feat. Phil Mickelson is second on the all time list, with almost $67 million in PGA event winnings ($66,805,498). Woods, speaking on how he was able to amass the $100 million in tour earnings,
"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." (via NBC Sports)
Snead is the PGA's leader in victories, with 82. He earned a little over $620,000 during his career.
"It was nice to have a nice start to my career, and I won some majors early," Woods said. "I think we got some interest in the game of golf. A lot more youth, that's for sure."
Of course, Woods has been as good to golf, as golf has been to him. Prize money and television viewers skyrocketed once Woods turned pro and began winning tournaments. Even to this day, he is by far the most interesting figure in golf; the only golfer that truly "moves the meter". Note that Tiger's $100 million in winnings do not cover any of his endorsement deals, or his two $10 million FedEx Cup championships. Once you add those two items in the mix? Tiger is a billionaire. He was the first such athlete to accomplish that feat as well.
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