Tiger Woods: Golf’s First $100 Million Man

Loose Ball: Peers owe Woods a debt of gratitude for fueling golf's skyrocketing prize money.

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

While Rodriguez, Bryant and Räikkönen, among other athletes, have made well in excess of $100 million, that’s still chump change for Woods. In 2009 he became the first athlete to crack $1 billion in career earnings, if you throw in endorsement deals.

I can hear Woods now: Top that.

Deron Snyder’s Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.