Tiger Woods is no longer golf’s reigning king, though he still steals a uncover — and that’s only excellent with 2017 PGA champ Justin Thomas.
In fact, while Woods hasn’t scored a vital pretension in a decade, he was a categorical captivate final weekend during a U.S. PGA Championship. He eventually came in second place, behind Brooks Koepka.
Thomas, who played during a championship and tied for sixth place, pronounced Woods helped get a game, and a esteem money, where it is today.
“I don’t consider we even know all that Tiger’s finished for a diversion of golf,” he pronounced in a new talk with “Closing Bell” on CNBC.
“The purses we play for are only unimaginable compared to when he initial got on debate and those are given of people like him,” combined Thomas, who scored $1.89 million in esteem income when he took a championship in 2017.
The sum purse of a 2018 PGA Championship was $11 million, adult from $10.5 million final year. Koepka took home $1.98 million, while Woods perceived only underneath $1.19 million.
Woods’ career took off in 1997, when he became a youngest male and initial African American to win a U.S. Masters. In all, he’s taken home 14 majors.
Woods “deserves each bit of a courtesy and a accolades and all that he gets,” Thomas added.
Still, Woods has struggled in a arise of a raft of personal problems that were done open given 2009. His extramarital affairs, that led to his contingent divorce, were front-page news. A DUI charge, injuries and surgeries have also tormented a star.
Now Woods has seemed to have found his footing, rising a distinguished quip this year. He captivated a lot of pushing in his lapse to a Masters progressing this year, though tied for 32nd place. However, his second-place win during a PGA Championship helped pull him adult to No. 20 in a FedEx Cup.
He also stays a top paid golfer interjection to remunerative publicity deals. While he’s now ranked 26th in a universe golf rankings, in a world, Forbes estimates that Woods still done $43.3 million in 2017.
—CNBC’s Abigail Hess and Reuters contributed to this report.
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