It’s official. Tiger Woods is the most overpaid athlete on planet earth.
After missing three out of four cuts in major championships in 2015, Tiger Woods remains one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Now ranked outside the top 250 in OWGR, Woods finds himself the ninth-highest paid athlete according to Forbes.
Despite his erratic play which has made him look amateurish at times, Woods made an astonishing $50 million in the past 12 months. Almost all of that money came from endorsements with Nike being the biggest contributor to Woods’ pockets.
It remains to be seen how much longer Nike will stand by Woods, who looks set to miss the FedEx Cup.
If Woods’ salary came from prize money, he would have made just $600,000. Most of the other athletes in the top-10 remain at the peak of their powers, including Floyd Mayweather, LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin Durant.
The only other golfer making the list is Phil Mickelson, who made more money this year than Woods. Although Mickelson’s best days are arguably behind him, his most recent major came in 2013 at the British Open, compared to Woods who last tasted major success at the 2008 U.S. Open.