This is pessimistic; Tiger Woods shears his regreats after denying £65m due to sheer bad luck and unable to do anything about it.

Tiger Woods would be considerably richer if he was born in a different era.

Tiger Woods could have bagged himself an extra £65million if he was born in a different era, with his earnings from the peak of his career nowhere near what they would be in the present day. The 48-year-old is widely recognised as the greatest golfer in history and established himself as the dominant force in Woods also ended the year with three majors under his belt after clinching the PGA Championship, Open and US Open titles. He earned his biggest payout of the season by winning the WGC Invitational, for which he was awarded $1m (£801,830).

His total earnings of $10.7m (£8.58m) smashed the existing record for prize money won in a single year, beating the previous benchmark he set in 1999. However, it pales in comparison to what he would have scooped for winning the same events in 2024.

When factoring in bigger purses and new player bonuses, Woods would have earned $92.33m (£74.04m) solely from his tournament results in 2000, according to Golf Digest. This figure represents an increase of $81.6m (£65.44m) and would shatter the current record for single-year prize money held by Scottie Scheffler, who earned $21.01m (£16.85m) in 2023.

2000 by winning nine PGA Tour titles

Woods has made just under $121m (£97m) in official prize money during his professional career, which dates back to 1996. However, under today’s payouts he would have earned about three-quarters of his lifetime total in just one season, illustrating how dominant he was at the peak of his powers.

The California native’s total prize money only makes up a small part of his current net worth, which sits at around $1.3bn (£1.04bn) per Forbes. He was the highest-paid athlete in the world for 10 consecutive years until 2012 but much of his fortune has come from various lucrative brand deals.

Woods has raked in millions upon millions from sponsorship agreements with the likes of Nike, Gatorade, Rolex and Monster Energy. His partnership with Nike was the biggest contributor to his personal wealth, with his deal said to have been worth in excess of $500m (£400.8m).

He was backed by the American sportswear giant for 27 years until their working relationship finally came to an end in January. Woods has also entered into a series of profitable business ventures, ranging from mini-golf establishments to luxury real estate and a restaurant he owns in Florida



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