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Tiger Woods Earned £17.1m For Rolling In His Winning Masters Putt

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Tiger Woods Earned £17.1m For Rolling In His Winning Masters Putt

So, you've probably seen by now that Tiger Woods returned to the summit of golf by winning The Masters yesterday at Augusta National.

What you might not have realised is just how valuable that victory will prove to be for Woods. Now, this isn't in some schmaltzy 'ooh, isn't it nice that he's made it back?' sort of way.

We're talking cold hard cash here, people. Makin' paper.

Although, while we're at it - isn't it nice that he's made it back?

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Now, it seems silly to reduce the preparation time and four days of gruelling golf against one of the most iconic courses in the world and the best players going, but it took Tiger just two seconds to roll the ball in from a couple of feet and turn all of that work into a cool $22.4 million (£17.1m).

That's not bad for a week's work.

Tiger won his fifth Masters green jacket yesterday at Augusta. Credit: PA
Tiger won his fifth Masters green jacket yesterday at Augusta. Credit: PA
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Of course, once again that's a pretty reductive way of looking at the years of work that have gone in - not to mention the effort put in by both Woods and his team to bounce back from the personal and physical strains that he's been through.

Still, getting a huge chunk of sweet, sweet advertising revenue to add to a personal fortune of around $800m (£611m) must feel pretty damn good as a payback.

One of the few contracts that Tiger retained during this long road back to the top of the sport was Nike. They must have been feeling pretty smug after he rolled in from short range and raised his arms to take the acclaim of the adoring crowd.

After all, everyone knows that on Sunday's Tiger always wears his red Nike shirt.

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The red shirt is perhaps worth more to him, though. Credit: PA
The red shirt is perhaps worth more to him, though. Credit: PA

Basically, that gimme putt earned the amount added to the brand's value during his fourth and final round on Sunday. That's according to marketing company Apex.

Lucky, too, that Nike had a brand new advert starring - guess who? - Tiger Woods, ready to roll out straight after Tiger rolled in.

It's pretty emotional, but then again, that's how the whole journey has been.

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Beset by marriage problems back in 2009, then arrested for being found behind the wheel of his car under the influence of drugs, Tiger's had problems on and off the course.

Not to mention the surgery he had to fuse his back and allow him to swing a bloody golf club once again.

This was Woods' first major since 2008. Credit: PA
This was Woods' first major since 2008. Credit: PA

Either way, he's probably raising a glass tonight (perhaps figuratively) in celebration of a job well done and a remarkable comeback that surely ranks amongst the most memorable in sporting history.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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