Bunker Mentality

Tiger Woods tops $100 million mark

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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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