How Much Money Does Golfer Tiger Woods Make Annually?

DORAL, FL - MARCH 06: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 6, 2014 in Doral, Florida.
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Professional golfer and sports icon Tiger Woods makes a lot of money. But how much is a lot? Millions and millions — tens of millions, and in a few years over one-hundred million dollars per year.

Woods has many income streams that bump up his annual income well past just what he earns in golf tournaments. So we'll take a look at how much money Tiger makes each year in a couple different ways.

Tiger Woods' Annual PGA Tour Earnings

The question of how much Woods earns each year playing on the PGA Tour is easy to answer because the tour tracks that.

Just glance at the PGA Tour's annual money list to find Woods, going back to his rookie season of 1996.

Here are Woods' earnings on the PGA Tour each year of his career:

  • 1996: $790,594
  • 1997: $2,066,833
  • 1998: $1,841,117
  • 1999: $6,616,585
  • 2000: $9,188,321
  • 2001: $5,687,777
  • 2002: $6,912,625
  • 2003: $6,673,413
  • 2004: $5,365,472
  • 2005: $10,628,024
  • 2006: $9,941,563
  • 2007: $10,867,052
  • 2008: $5,775,000
  • 2009: $10,508,163
  • 2010: $1,294,765
  • 2011: $660,238
  • 2012: $6,133,158
  • 2013: $8,553,439
  • 2014: $108,275
  • 2015: $448,598
  • 2016: 0

Tiger Woods on the World Money List

Woods occasionally plays golf outside the USPGA Tour. From 2003-2011, a "world money list" was compiled on PGATour.com, which combined golfers' earnings across all the world tours. For an idea of how Tiger's totals rose when including non-PGA Tour money, here are his "world money list" totals in those years:

  • 2003: $6,700,288
  • 2004: $5,819,407
  • 2005: $11,515,939
  • 2006: $11,141,827
  • 2007: $11,002,706
  • 2008: $6,196,717
  • 2009: $10,948,054
  • 2010: $2,154,516
  • 2011: $1,940,238

The "world money list" totals do not include any appearance fees Woods might have received for non-USPGA Tour tournaments, but any such fees would boost Woods' on-course earnings further.

Golf Digest 50: Tiger Woods' Total Annual Earnings

The other component of Tiger's income is his off-course earnings: income from endorsements, from his course design business, licensing fees, corporate outings and appearances, investment income and so on.

Luckily for us, the magazine Golf Digest has annually, beginning in 2003, compiled what it calls the "Golf Digest 50." The GD50 combines a golfer's on-course income with his or her estimated off-course income (estimated after much research and many interviews conducted by Golf Digest).

Here are the annual income figures determined by Golf Digest for Woods each year of the GD50:

  • 2003: $83,700,288
  • 2004: $89,370,407
  • 2005: $86,992,739
  • 2006: $98,941,827
  • 2007: $122,702,706
  • 2008: $117,337,626
  • 2009: $121,915,196
  • 2010: $74,294,116
  • 2011: $64,067,059
  • 2012: $86,124,386
  • 2013: $83,091,508
  • 2014: $55,110,775
  • 2015: $48,551,098
  • 2016: $34,607,000

Add all that up and it totals more than a billion dollars in career income for Tiger Woods.

These Numbers Represent Gross Income

Keep in mind that all the annual income figures cited above are estimates of gross income. That means income before taxes, expenses, and other obligations.

Like everyone else, Woods is responsible for federal, state, and local taxes. Woods also has to pay accountants and attorneys, of course; his agent gets a cut of almost everything Woods earns; his caddie gets a cut of his golf earnings.