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Tiger earnings surpass $1 billion

AFP-JIJI

World No. 1 Tiger Woods has cracked $1.3 billion in career earnings by leading the Golf Digest 50 with $83 million in income last year, the magazine reported on its website Tuesday.

Woods, a 14-time major champion, topped the list for the 11th time in its 11-year history with $83,091,508, including an estimated $71 million off the course and more than $12 million in prize money.

The story says Woods’ winnings of more than $155 million reflect less than 12 percent of his career earnings, with $1.16 billion coming from endorsements since his pro debut in 1996, a figure that continues to increase even in the wake of an infamous sex scandal and ensuing divorce.

A Woods deal with Electronic Arts involving a golf video game ended at the conclusion of 2013 and, while he has not approached pre-scandal endorsement totals above $100 million a year, he has bounced back from a 2011 low of $62 million in endorsement income.

Second on the Golf Digest list for 2013 income was Phil Mickelson at $52,009,156, with an estimated $45 million in endorsements and other non-prize money income.