Tiger Woods returns to top of Forbes’ highest-earning athletes list


Golf fans may not be ready to say that Tiger Woods is officially back until he wins another major tournament, but his wallet would beg to differ. Last year, Tiger was bumped out of the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes for the first time since 2011. This year, he is back on top.

After pulling in an estimated $65 million in endorsements and $13.1 million in salary and winnings, Woods’ topped Forbes’ 2013 list of highest-earning athletes by pulling in a total of $78.1 million. Tiger received a bump in endorsements from the $55 million he took home last year, but winning has also made a huge difference as he earned only $4.4 million on the course a year ago.

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Lindsey Vonn: Tiger Woods and I are happy, but coverage is intrusive

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsLindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have been dating since last November and even went public about their relationship in March. Vonn continues to say the two are happy together, but she does say the media coverage — and specifically the interest from the paparazzi — is a little much.

Vonn attended the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City on Monday and spoke with E! News among other outlets. She was asked by E! if she was used to all the attention from the press.

“It’s weird. I’m used to it in the ski world, but not my personal life. So it’s been difficult and interesting,” Vonn told E!.

“It’s weird when people are taking pictures of you and you don’t know it. It’s a little bit — a lot — intrusive. But we’re dealing with it and we’re happy, and that’s all that matters.”

Vonn should not be surprised by the interest from the press. She is a famous Olympian and Tiger is one of the most well-known athletes in the entire world. Whether she is watching him play in a golf tournament or taking his kids to school, people want to know about it. She shouldn’t be surprised by that.

The relationship between the two has helped rehab each of their public images. This is just one tradeoff to it.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Sergio Garcia on having Tiger Woods for dinner: ‘We will serve fried chicken’

Sergio-Garcia-Tiger-WoodsSergio Garcia is clearly not yet ready to let his spat with Tiger Woods fizzle out, and he may have taken things too far with a comment on Tuesday night. While speaking with the media at a dinner for the European Tour, a reporter tried to bait Garcia by asking him if he was planning to have Woods over for dinner during the US Open. His response was regrettable.

“We will have him around every night,” Garcia said, via Devil Ball Golf. “We will serve fried chicken.”

Uh oh. Prior to that comment, the feud between Sergio and Tiger was entertaining and everything the two golfers had said about calling each other or not answering the phone was simply fueling their rivalry. Introducing racist comments into the war of words is unacceptable, and Garcia apparently realized that and apologized almost immediately.

“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” Garcia  reportedly told The Guardian. “I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”

Woods responded to the comment on his Twitter account Wednesday morning. As expected, he did not seem happy.

Garcia may have been joking when he made the comment, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t racist. Back in 1997 after Tiger won the Masters, Fuzzy  Zoeller made a similar comment that is still talked about today. The same will probably be true of Garcia’s remark, and I’m sure he will regret it more and more with each passing day.

Sergio Garcia fires back at Tiger Woods: ‘He wouldn’t pick up the phone anyway’

Sergio-Garcia-Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods made it quite clear earlier this week that he has no interest in squashing any ongoing feud that he may have with Sergio Garcia. The feeling is mutual.

On Tuesday, Garcia addressed the media for the first time since his epic meltdown at the Players Championship two weeks ago. Naturally, a reporter asked him the same question Tiger was asked about whether or not he has thought about calling Garcia to smooth things over. Garcia’s answer was similar, albeit far more long-winded than Tiger’s.

“First of all, I don’t have his number,” Garcia said, via Eye on Golf. “And secondly, I did nothing wrong and don’t have anything to say to him. And he wouldn’t pick up the phone anyway. But that’s OK; I don’t need him as a friend. I don’t need him in my life to be happy and that’s fine. It’s as simple as that. Like I have always said, I try to be as truthful as possible. Tiger doesn’t make a difference to my life. And I know that I don’t make a difference to his life.”

Garcia also basically called Woods a liar.

“He called me a whiner,” he said. “He’s probably right. But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”

These two clearly don’t like one another, but between the complaining about Tiger distracting him and the answer he gave on Tuesday it’s obvious Woods bothers Garcia more than Garcia bothers Woods. Considering Tiger has owned him in the past, that’s hardly a surprise. Tiger doesn’t have to say much at this point to get into Sergio’s head, and I’m sure that’s exactly the way he wants it to be.

Tiger Woods in no hurry to squash beef with Sergio Garcia (Video)

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods is in no hurry to squash his beef with Sergio Garcia.

Speaking to the media at a press conference to promote next month’s AT&T National that he’s hosting, Woods was asked whether he planned to speak with Garcia to end their trivial exchanges.

“Has there ever been any thought of contacting him and saying, ‘Hey, let’s chill. We don’t need to be going back and forth like this anymore,'” a reporter asked Woods.

Tiger, who specializes in brief responses, offered a one-word answer.


Tiger and Sergio got into it during the third round of The Players two weeks ago. Garcia accused Tiger of causing a distraction during one of his shots during the third round. Neither player backed down, but Woods won the tournament while Garcia choked on the last two holes. Tiger owns Sergio, so why would he want to end things?

Video of his answer is below:

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Rocco Mediate shares story about Tiger Woods stiffing him on autograph

Rocco MediateRocco Mediate recently shared a story about Tiger Woods that gives us an interesting glimpse at the golf legend’s personality.

Mediate sat down with Golf Channel’s David Feherty for an interview on “Feherty” (Mondays 10:00 p.m. ET on Golf Channel) last week and said he still hasn’t had a chance to chat with Tiger about their dramatic playoff at the 2008 US Open. Woods, playing on a bad knee that would require season-ending surgery, sunk a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to tie him with Mediate, who was in the clubhouse at -1. The two played an 18-hole playoff on Monday to determine the winner. Tiger again made birdie on the last hole of the playoff round to tie Mediate. Woods then beat Mediate in a sudden-death playoff hole to win the tournament.

Battling Woods head-to-head for the entire day is Mediate’s biggest claim to fame. So when he saw Tiger the next year at the 2009 Players Championship, he was hoping his competitor could give him a nice personalized autograph.

Mediate told Feherty that he placed a manila envelope containing a pin sheet and great photo of the two of them on the course together that day. He said he included a note asking Tiger to sign the pin sheet and write a personalized message on the photo.

Mediate returned from his round at TPC and saw the envelope sitting in his locker. He was eager to read what it said. When he opened it up, he saw there was nothing written on the pin sheet, and that Tiger only signed his name on the photo without leaving a message. He was disappointed to learn that Woods ignored his request.

“Why wouldn’t he just go, ‘Roc, you suck, you got lucky for six days. I had a broken leg’ … just mess with me, and then sign my pin sheet so I could put the damn thing on the wall and say, ‘Almost got the guy that day,'” Mediate said to Feherty.

Mediate says he threw the picture away.

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Sergio Garcia still thinks he was the ‘victim’ of Tiger Woods’ distraction

Sergio Garcia collapseSergio Garcia refuses to let go of the Saturday incident between him and Tiger Woods.

Garcia blamed Woods for causing a distraction among fans while he was attempting to hit a shot on the second hole at The Players Championship on Saturday. Garcia said that Woods brought out his 5-wood while Garcia was getting ready to hit, leading to cheers from the fans. Tiger defended himself by saying after the round that he had been cleared to hit and that he wasn’t surprised Sergio was complaining.

Garcia choked at the end of the tournament by hitting three balls into the water over the final two holes. He finishing tied for eighth while Tiger won the tournament, even though the two were tied entering the 17th hole on Sunday.

After the tournament ended, Garcia was asked again about the incident.

“It sounds like I was the bad guy here. I was the victim,” Garcia insisted. “I don’t have any regrets of anything.”

Yes, Garcia insisted he was a “victim” for what happened on Saturday. Is there any surprise that people dislike him?

Here is a video recapping what each golfer said on Saturday about the incident:

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