Tiger Woods is far from being the same golfer he was in the rounds he played leading up to the 2008 U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines. There, Tiger captured his most recent major championship by beating Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a playoff. To date, that’s the last major Tiger won, giving him 14 total.
Following the win, he withdrew for the rest of the 2008 PGA season to have knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left leg. After that, well, you know what happened if you watched any news in 2009, because the pundits talked about Tiger cheating on his wife with porn stars and about his sex addiction for a least a month after the scandal broke on Thanksgiving morning.
Flash forward to 2015, and the best major finish that Tiger has put up since he walked away from the game in the wake of his divorce is a second place finish at the 2009 PGA Championship. He also has a third place finish, four fourth place finishes, and three sixth place efforts. He’s rarely cracked the top 10, amassing seven combined missed cuts and non-entry in majors. The most came last year, where the Open Championship was the only major he finished. (He finished 69th, though. TFM.)
Despite his extremely lackluster play and horrible results in 2014, Tiger still made more than anyone you will ever know last year. The dude made only FIVE CUTS ALL SEASON and still raked in $55 million.
Of course, Tiger being Tiger these days, only $610,775 of those earnings were from PGA Tour winnings. That perfectly represents just how far he’s fallen from winning million dollar green jackets. That’s right, playing golf last year actually only accounted for about 1.2 percent of Tiger’s 2014 earnings — and he still grossed the most on tour, ousting Mickelson, who came in second by some $4 million.
This is the same guy who just missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open last weekend due to injury so that he could go home and “rest.” It’s unbelievable.
*cue the live look-in at Tiger’s house*
Man, it must be nice to land endorsements like Nike as a child prodigy..
[via Golf Digest]
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