Tiger Woods is back — here's how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course

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Tiger Woods is back.

After playing in just two tournaments in over two years, and after a tumultuous few months that included his fourth back surgery in four years and an arrest after being found asleep in his car on the side of the road, Woods is finally back.

In fact, he looked so good at the PGA Championship over the weekend that people have already started whispering about Jack Nicklaus’ record again.

This isn’t the first time Woods has needed to come back. His career was derailed by affairs and a subsequent divorce from his wife, and his return to golf dominance has been hampered by injuries.

But despite this, Woods was worth an estimated $US740 million in 2016 and is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time. That means plenty of cash to spend on yachts, private jets, megamansions, and video games.

Take a look at how he spends it all.

Tony Manfred and Mary Hanbury contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.


Tiger Woods has made more than $US1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996.

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Source: Golf Digest and Forbes


More than $US113 million of that came from on-course winnings. He’s No. 1 on the all-time money list, by far.

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Roger Federer recently passed Woods as the highest-paid athlete of all time from a non-team sport.

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But the real money comes from off the course. At his peak in the late 2000s, Woods made $US100 million annually off the course. In 2016, he earned more than $US45 million in endorsement deals and course-design fees.

Source: Forbes


Woods has been with Nike since he turned pro in 1996. In 2013 he signed a $US200 million deal with the brand. Nike stuck with Woods despite his DUI charges last year.

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Despite barely playing in 2017, Woods was still the 16th-highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes, and had an estimated net worth of $US740 million in 2016.

Source: Forbes


Woods has hit other bumps in the road. In 2009, news broke that Woods had been cheating on his wife, Elin Nordegren. Two days later, he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his house.

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Source: Yahoo Sports


He was accused of having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York nightclub manager. Months later, several other women came forward to say they had affairs with Woods.

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Many of Woods’ endorsement partners dropped him over the controversy, including AT&T, Gatorade, Gillette, Golf Digest, and Tag Heuer. His biggest partner, Nike, stuck with him.


The divorce settlement cost him a reported $US100 million in 2010.

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Source: Forbes


And his golfing career started to turn sour. Woods hasn’t won a major golf championship since 2008 and has not had a tour win since 2013.

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Source: Time


He has also battled various injuries. When Woods was charged with driving under the influence, he blamed an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” Woods had recently had a fourth surgery on his back, and police later said he had five different drugs in his system at the time of the arrest.

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Source: Business Insider, New York Times


But Woods continues to live a lavish lifestyle. After the divorce settlement, there were reports that he considered selling his 155-foot long megayacht, “Privacy,” for $US25 million. The boat was not sold, however, and Woods now docks it in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Source: Wall Street Journal


He stayed on the yacht on Long Island during the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

Read more: Tiger Woods has reportedly docked his $US20 million, 155-foot yacht in the Hamptons – and he apparently plans to stay there during the US Open »


He owns a 10-acre property in Jupiter, Florida, that was built from scratch just for Woods at a cost of $US55 million.

Source: Palm Beach Post


It has a pitch-and-putt golf course, as well as a private dock.

Source: Palm Beach Post


Golf isn’t his only passion — Woods is really into spearfishing. He learned how to free dive so he could spearfish without an air tank.

Source: Business Insider


He also likes to work out, maybe too much. His old coach Hank Haney once said, “My opinion is he really overdoes that.”

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Haney would also suggest that Woods pushed himself physically because he wanted to be viewed as an athlete, saying that Woods viewed injuries as “a way of being accepted into the fraternity of superstars who played more physical sports than golf.”

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Woods says he likes to practice all day, but when he was recovering from surgery he filled his time by playing “Call of Duty” eight hours a day with a 30-minute lunch break. Despite that, Woods said he was still getting beat by 7-year-olds when he played online.

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“He struggles to sleep,” Rory McIlroy said of Woods, “which I think is an effect of overtraining, so I tell him to calm down sometimes. He’d be texting me at 4 o’clock in the morning: ‘Up lifting. What are you doing?'”

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He even has his own restaurant, called The Woods Jupiter. “After years of meals on the road, he decided to bring his vision of an elevated sports bar to life at home in Jupiter,” the website says.

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Source: The Woods Jupiter


Even when he isn’t at home in Jupiter, Woods likes to bring a little bit of it with him. He reportedly replaces all the furniture in the houses he rents during tournaments with his own, even if he’s only there for a few days.

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Source: Business Insider


He likes to travel in style and owns a Gulfstream G550 private jet, worth about $US54 million.

In January 2017, for the first time in 10 years, Woods took a commercial flight, from Los Angeles to Dubai.

Source: Architectural Digest, Golfweek


Woods has also been accused of being cheap. One story told of how Woods wanted to be just one of the guys when he was having lunch with a group of Navy Seals and did not pick up the check.

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Read more: Tiger Woods once baffled and irritated a group of Navy SEALs when he didn’t pick up the check for lunch »


He devotes a ton of time and money to his at-risk youth charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation. In 2012, he gave $US12 million to the foundation.

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Source: PGA


Woods doesn’t just rely on his golf winnings and endorsements to fund his extravagant lifestyle — he also runs a golf-design business. He opened his first US course in Houston in 2015 and was said to be designing a Trump International Golf Club course in Dubai in 2017.

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Source: USA Today


He is also picking up new endorsements. Since Nike got out of the equipment business, Woods has signed with Bridgestone to use its golf balls, and with TaylorMade for its golf clubs.

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He’s even partnered with President Donald Trump. At the end of 2016, the two played at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. “What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old,” Woods told CNN of Trump.

Woods has played with Barack Obama, George Bush, and Bill Clinton in the past.

Source: CNN


While Woods is still mum about his private life, he appears to be dating again, as he spent a lot of time with Erica Herman at the Presidents Cup in 2017. She was the general manager for Woods’ restaurant.

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It would be Woods’ first public relationship since Lindsey Vonn. In 2017, someone hacked and distributed nude photos of the couple.

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The good news is that on the course, Woods finally looks healthy. He hasn’t won a tournament since 2013, but his play at the British Open and the PGA Championship in 2018 suggests it’s just a matter of time before he’s lifting another trophy.

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