Tiger Woods’ $22.9 Million Season Earnings Record Is in Serious Jeopardy at the Tour Championship

To no one’s surprise, Tiger Woods is the most prolific money-maker in PGA Tour history. The 15-time major champion has banked more than $120 million on the course throughout his career, while no one else in golf history has earned more than $95 million.

In 2007, Woods enjoyed the most lucrative season of his career in terms of on-course earnings. Thanks to his seven wins and his FedEx Cup title, the golf legend racked up a whopping $22.9 million in winnings.

Tiger’s 2007 campaign is one of the highest-earning seasons in PGA Tour history, but nearly 60% of the 2022 Tour Championship field can surpass Woods with a win this week.

Tiger Woods earned a career-high $22.9 million in 2007

Tiger Woods poses with the FedEx Cup trophy.
Tiger Woods lifts the FedEx Cup trophy following the final round of the 2007 Tour Championship | S.Greenwood/Getty Images

Back in 2007, Woods was nearly unbeatable every time he teed it up in a professional event. In 16 starts that season, he won seven tournaments and finished inside the top 10 a ridiculous 12 times. He didn’t miss a single cut all year, and his worst finish was a T37 at the Players Championship.

Woods ripped off one of the most dominant hot streaks of his career to end the 2007 season. Over his final six starts of the year, Tiger won five times. A T2 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship in September held him back from six straight wins to end the season.

In the final two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Woods shot a combined 45 under par to dust the field in both the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. He didn’t shoot worse than 67 over those eight spectacular rounds of golf.

By winning the FedEx Cup in the inaugural year of the event, Woods tacked on $10 million to his season earnings total to finish with $22.9 million, per Statista. That’s still the most lucrative season he’s ever had on the PGA Tour, but 17 players can top it this weekend.

Nearly 60% of the Tour Championship field can pass Tiger with a win this week

Tiger’s $22.9 million in earnings was unheard of 15 years ago, but it’s child’s play in today’s world of golf. The winner of the Tour Championship this weekend will take home $18 million, which will mark the largest cash prize in PGA Tour history.

Because of the historic FedEx Cup prize up for grabs, 17 of the 29 players in this week’s field can surpass Woods’ season earnings record with a win. That’s more than 58% of the field! The percentage would be even higher if Will Zalatoris didn’t withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury.

Check out the 17 players who can pass Tiger this week and what their season earnings would be with a FedEx Cup win:

PlayerSeason earningsProjected season earnings
Scottie Scheffler$14,046,910$32,046,910
Cameron Smith$10,107,897$28,107,897
Patrick Cantlay$9,369,605$27,369,605
Rory McIlroy$8,654,566$26,654,566
Xander Schauffele$7,427,299$25,427,299
Sam Burns$7,073,986$25,073,986
Matt Fitzpatrick$7,012,672$25,012,672
Justin Thomas$6,829,576$24,829,576
Cameron Young$6,520,598$24,520,598
Tony Finau$6,117,886$24,117,886
Hideki Matsuyama$5,776,298$23,776,298
Sungjae Im$5,567,974$23,567,974
Max Homa$5,289,842$23,289,842
Jon Rahm$5,248,220$23,248,220
Joaquin Niemann$5,076,060$23,076,060
Jordan Spieth$5,018,444$23,018,444
Billy Horschel$4,940,600$22,940,600

All earnings figures courtesy of PGA Tour.

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