Tiger Woods wipes his forehead after completing his final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday, June 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Forbes says Tiger Woods has become the first
athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
The magazine estimates that golf's top-ranked player crested the
plateau when he earned $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup on
Forbes reported on its Web site on Tuesday that Woods entered
2009 having earned $895 million since he joined the PGA Tour in
1996. Prize money, appearance fees, endorsement fees, bonuses and
his golf course design business were calculated to have pushed him
over $1 billion.
The magazine says former NBA great Michael Jordan and former
Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, at $800 million and $700
million, respectively, are Woods' closest competition in career