Tiger Woods reacts to his shot on the 15th fairway during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship (R …
Tiger Woods's 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 US PGA Tour history to eclipse the $100 million mark in career earnings.
That, friends, is what we call "crazy money." Even with the increase in purses over the years - thanks to Woods's 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.
Jonathan Wall, Yahoo! Sports
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