Monday, December 7, 2009


On both my drive down to and home from the Headlands over the weekend, I heard a lot on the radio about Tiger Woods. Tiger, blah, golf club, blah, SUV, blah, fire hydrant, blah, mistresses, blah, upset wife, blah, Nike, blah, $130 million, bl...what? One hundred and thirty million what? Dollars? As in $130,000,000!? Being a math / numbers guy, that very quickly caught my attention. Apparently, that's how much money Tiger made last year - $20 million in golf winnings and $110 million in endorsements.

Since I'm geeky and I enjoy doing math in my head when I'm bored, I kinda enjoyed all of the free time for some simple math.

I started by cutting out zeroes. Let's cut out 3 zeroes, down to $130,000. For most normal people, that's an extremely healthy salary. It's also one-tenth of one percent of Tiger's salary. One-tenth of one percent!

Let's break it down further. $130,000,000, 365 days per year...quick math says he made $356,164 per DAY, each and every day last year.

Hourly rate, you say? A cool $14,840, each and every hour of each and every day. Sleeping, awake, golfing, eating, watching football, having affairs, whatever. Makes your attorney's hourly rate not seem so bad, afterall!

Yep, I even did his per-minute rate: $247. Hm, this has taken me about 10 minutes to write. Tiger made $2473 in that same time.

Pretty disgusting.


willgotthardt said...

Caitlin came close this weekend at TNF, earning $1,310.62 per hour. ;-)

Cheers, Will G.

saschasdad said...

That's hilarious, Will! Thanks for doing the math. Sorry you weren't able to run on Sat. Caitlin definitely rocked.

Meghan said...

Your math wizzardry is funny, and Will's comment is even funnier.

Nice to see you, dood, and way to fight through your tough on course day!

See you again soon, I hope!

Anonymous said...

I knew those college accounting classes would pay off. Good work, Seannie.

Mike Weiner said...

did you know that if you google your name, your blog pops up first. well done sir. after hearing you had a blog, i figured i look it up. have a good one dude and kill those occ's.

weiner, out!

Scott Dunlap said...

He's the first pro athlete to cross $1 billion in earnings. The crazy thing is he could keep going for another decade since his sport is kind to 40+ athletes. $2 billion is not out of the question.

Now divide that by half for his first wife, half again for his next one...math sure is fun!


Eric said...

That sure is a lot of money, but there's no way I'd want to switch places with him right now.
And Sean, if this is what you do when you drive, what goes thru your mind on long runs?

Jamie Donaldson said...

You crack me up Sean! Math Geek!

saschasdad said...

Weiner, thanks for being my latest stalker!

SD - WOW...yeah, math sure IS fun!

Eric, why math, of course - I have to figure out my average pace, how long until the next a.s., how long since I last puked, etc.

Jamie, Miss Math Teacher, you could use this for a story problem in your class!

Julagay Blog said...

I'm impressed... that's all :)

RNess said...

no crap. having just been at the "tiger woods center" on the nike campus I was thinking about how he was like the best dude to represent nike... seemed like the perfect pro... no flaw's always professional.
boy was that off.