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Tiger tops list

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

NEW YORK - World No.1 Tiger Woods has cracked $US1.3billion ($F2.43b) in career earnings by leading the Golf Digest 50 income list for 2013, with Australian Adam Scott coming in eighth.

The 14-time major champion topped the list for the 11th time in its 11-year history with $US83million ($F155.52m), including an estimated $US71m ($F133.03m) off the course and more than $US12m ($F22.48m) in prize money.

Golf Digest magazine reported on its website on Tuesday that Woods' winnings of more than $US155m ($F290.42m) reflect less than 12 per cent of his career earnings, with $US1.16b ($F2.17b) coming from endorsements since his pro debut in 1996, a figure that continues to increase even after his infamous sex scandal and ensuing divorce.

Second on the Golf Digest list was Phil Mickelson at $US52m ($F97.43m), with an estimated $US45m ($F84.32m) in endorsements and other non-prize money income.

The US left-hander won last year's British Open and hopes to complete a career grand slam by winning this year's US Open, an event where he is a record six-time runner-up.

Arnold Palmer, the 84-year-old golf icon whose popularity helped spawn the television riches of today's players, was third at $US40m ($F74.95m), largely from licensing deals in Asia.

Jack Nicklaus, who turns 74 on January 21, ranked fourth at just over $US26m ($F48.72m).

The record 18-time major champion joins Palmer and Gary Player for the annual honorary tee shots that mark the start of the Masters each year.