Tiger Woods may not be pulling in as much dough as he did a few years ago, but he's still the top athlete on Forbes's annual list of the most powerful celebs. According to Forbes, Woods pocketed $58 million last year, down from $75 million in 2011, but the list also factors in "media visibility" -- TV/radio, web and print -- and social media.
Woods ranked ahead of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, David Beckham and Manny Pacquiao.
Among all celebs, Woods came in at No. 12, down from No. 6 in 2011. Phil Mickelson ($48 million) landed at No. 48, ahead of Toby Keith and Lionel Messi.
Jennifer Lopez topped the list, followed by Oprah, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Strange but trueGolf Channel's Jason Sobel has the bizarre tale of Joey Snyder III, who's technically been on the PGA Tour for the last six years, but he's hardly played any golf. Due to an injury and several doctors who misdiagnosed his problem, Snyder has been sitting at home, but he's been able to keep his PGA Tour status.
Four months of that. Three months with another doctor. There were even procedures done to potentially alleviate the pain. In late-2009, Snyder underwent surgery for a sports hernia, and then was told immediately afterward that he needed to have surgery on his right hip, as well. Neither solved the problem. He still couldn’t swing the golf club.And this could be the craziest part of the story. During the six years he's been off the Tour, he and his wife had two children, and they've never seen him go to work.
All during this time, he heard the whispers from fellow PGA Tour members. When a player with full status is injured, he not only receives a medical extension which allows him to resume playing privileges once healthy, but also a monthly stipend during that absence.
“I’ve been at home every single day of their lives. It’s been great. It’s been the only thing that’s kept me sane,” he explains. “They said, ‘Daddy, why do you have to go?’ I told them, ‘This is what Daddy does for a living. I know you haven’t seen it, but hopefully you’ll get to see what Daddy does.’”Quacking up Golfweek's Sean Martin tweeted this video of the Oregon Ducks men's golf team, and it's a doozy. Apparently taking a cue from Oregon alum Ben Crane, the boys in Eugene did a whopping 15 minute video on what it's like to be a part of the golf team. I got a few laughs from the first two minutes, but they lost me at about the five-minute mark.
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Among those who made it through local qualifying for the US Open: Arnold's grandson, Jack's son and Mickelson's brother.
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