When Did Tiger Woods Earn His First $100m as a Pro Golfer?

Published 01/01/2022, 9:00 AM EST
Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. – December 19, 2021 Tiger Woods of the U.S. on the 12th hole during the Pro-Am REUTERS/Joe Skipper


A $100 million dollars is a big deal, right? However, for Tiger Woods, dubbed as one of the world’s greatest golfers of all time, it seems to have come as naturally as playing golf did. But how long did it actually take Woods to call himself that rich?

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Tiger Woods’ glorious run in the initial stages of his career led him to become a household name almost as soon as he turned professional. And over time, he not only solidified his position but also extended his greatness from just golf to become one of the best sportspeople the world had ever seen.

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Unsurprisingly, he amassed a tremendous amount of wealth during this period. However, did you know it took him less than a year to reach a career earning of $100 million dollars?

Tiger Woods’ historic first master’s win

Declared a child prodigy, Tiger’s golf journey began a long time back, when his amateur golf father first introduced him to the sport before the ripe age of two. After a stellar run in amateur golf, Tiger finally turned professional in August 1996, at the age of 20. Guaranteed of his success, he received immediate attention from companies and sponsors, and endorsements deals started to flow in.

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods reacting to Cameron Kuchar draining a long putt on the 17th green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

On April 13, 1997, 288 days after his breakthrough, he won his first major, the Masters. Shattering records, he became the tournament’s youngest winner at 21. Post this, he signed a 5-year $40 million deal with Nike, followed by a similar deal with a 5-year contract with Titleist for $20 million.

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A month after this spectacular run, he won the Byron Nelson Classic and signed a 5-year $30 million deal with American Express. These three mega-deals accumulated to bring his total earnings to a staggering $100 million. Some simple calculations reveal it took him only 8 months or 264 days from his professional debut to reach this milestone.

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And just one month later, he achieved another major success as he climbed the ladder to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, the fastest ascent in history. What a perfect introduction of the man who would go on to win over the world!

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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