We missed a key milestone in all the excitement of Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open in a playoff on one good leg. Woods, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery on Tuesday to repair his injured wheel, made it to 14 major championships with the victory, four away from the record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.
But there was another notable stat that Woods achieved. The victory at Torrey Pines pushed him past the $100 million mark for his career. That’s worldwide winnings.
Woods had won $98,894,291 before the Open, then earned $1,350,000 for the victory. His new worldwide winnings total is $100,244,291.
That total includes 87 victories around the world. The win was his 200th top-10 finish. Woods has 65 victories in 221 appearances on the PGA Tour and just more than $82 million in winnings.
It wasn’t that long ago that $10 million in earnings for a career seemed preposterous. Then Tom Kite and Greg Norman reached that plateau in the ’90s, and now we have a FedEx Cup event that pays $10 million to the winner.
$100 million for Tiger. Now that’s inflation. (Of course, he earns that much every year in endorsements.)