Woods has earned almost $100k per round since 1996

Tiger Woods has been a professional for a bit over 22 years now…and his bank balance has never looked healthier.

Indeed, playing in Asia in recent weeks on the PGA Tour swing as he slowly works towards his Presidents Cup commitments has thrown up an amazing stat about Woods’ pro career.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)

The Golf Channel’s Doug Ferguson looked at the figures and incredibly the former long-running world No 1 has made an average of $US95,603 for every round he has teed up as a professional.

If that’s job satisfaction than I’m not sure what is.

Yet Woods’ win in the recent ZOZO Championship in Japan has seen him surge even further into the stratosphere.

He has now earned more than $US120m since he first decided to play for pay in 1996 when he was a mere 20-year-old stringbean.

And even though the man many rate as the greatest golfer we have ever produced is now into his 40s and has overcome a myriad of injuries and even personal problems during his career, he really is in a class of his own.

Just to put it into perspective Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy became just the 10th player to pass $US50m in earnings when he won the recent HSBC Champions event in China.

That was just an hour or so after Spanish ace Sergio Garcia became the ninth player to top the $50m mark, simply because he completed his round before McIlroy.

The other great player of our era, Jack Nicklaus, had his PGA swansong in 2005 at St Andrews and his career earnings are a mere $5.7m.

That shows how the game has changed…England’s Paul Casey is one of 38 players to have earned $30m in their golf careers.

The Golden Bear [Nicklaus] must shudder when he looks at the amount of money the world’s best players are earning these days.