Tiger Woods’ 82 victories on the PGA Tour spanned 23 years, spanning many continents, and the occasional injury and crash. However, one specific victory in Woods’ career was probably a bit softer than the others.

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On October 6, 1996, Tiger Woods won his first-ever PGA Tour title, the same year he turned pro.

His historic victory at the Las Vegas International began his journey to becoming a PGA Tour legend. This was also the start of his brilliant career as he became the richest golfer and one of the wealthiest athletes on the planet.

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Woods’ triumphs on tour are unlike any other. It has the highest touring earnings on record, at $120,851,706. Although 2021 saw Woods sidelined due to his car accident. Despite this, he was ranked 25th on the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in 2021. It’s a feat that only Woods is capable of!

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Tiger Woods: The Victory That Opened His Fortune

Founded in 1983, a change of organizers resulted in a variety of names. The then Las Vegas International had a purse of $1,650,000. For those times, it’s a crazy amount. Las Vegas International was not only one of the most prestigious but also the first to offer a scholarship of over $1 million.

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From that, the winner’s payout was a whopping $297,000, which went into Woods’ wallet. With a gentle gesture, he displays in his office the massive check for this sentimental victory.

In an interview with Golf Digest, Woods later said, “I was paid by Nike and Titleist, big contracts, but I had never won it on the golf course. It’s the biggest amount of money I’ve ever made playing golf.

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Interestingly, a study based on research conducted by Sporting Intelligence introduced what is known as the “Tiger Effect”. This explains the rise in prize money for tour winners, due to an increase in popularity, sponsorships and endorsements. These changes came about thanks to the dominance of Woods, which led to the massive popularity of golf around the world.

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