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The estimated tax Tiger Woods pays per day revealed



Athletes’ wages comprise much more than just performance pay.

The revenue brought in via advertising, promotions, television rights all count to their income as much as pure talent and numbers, and with US Tax Day just behind us, ran the data to find out just how much tax these superstars pay.

Taking 30 of the very highest-paid athletes, the moguls ran their income through the various tax laws in each of their home states to reveal the real winners and losers.

Of the highest taxed stars, the site reveals that 26 of the top-30 are NBA and NFL stars. Topping the list of most taxed according to the pure figures is LA Lakers’ LeBron James.

Forbes reports the 16-time All-Star pick to have earned $96.5 million last year, lending itself to a tax bill of $58.98 million, or just under $140k a day, his numbers exacerbated by his home state, California, the region with the highest income tax rate in the States.

Runner-up, Dak Prescott actually earns more, $107.5 million to be precise, but because he lives in Texas, a place with no additional state duty, he gets away with paying around $42 million, some $16 million less than the NBA star.

Basketball dominates the rest of the top-five with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way.

Once again, because of California’s tax rate, both Curry and Westbrook pay over half their salary in tax, combining to pay around $194k per day in revenue. KD, being in New York, gets away lightly with a circa $35 million bill on his $75 million earnings.

So where does golf fit in?

According to, sitting just behind the top eight in the chart is Tiger Woods, the man that still moves the needle despite having played once in 18 months.

The 15-time major champion is estimated to have earned around $60 million last year, leading to a tax bill of around $65k per day, or $23.5 million per year.

Tiger’s great rival, Phil Mickelson, is the only other golfer in the top-20 of taxpayers, the man in a self-imposed exile paying $21.6 million in tax over the last twelve months.

Ok, so flip the figures.

The website then listed the top-20 players in order of their earnings after tax, demonstrating how much place of residency can affect net pay.

As suggested above, Prescott now leads the chart with an annual income of $65 million after-tax, with LeBron dropping to third behind Tom Brady, both taking home around $45 million.

Westbrook seems the most affected, another losing over half his income and netting under $28 million, but Tiger goes in the opposite direction, charting in fifth place and keeping over $36 million of his original 60.

Tiger may have a wry smile when seeing Phil’s name disappear off this chart but in comes Dustin Johnson as only the second golfer on this particular list – the number 11 earning $44.5 million and keeping just over $27 million of that.

Eye-watering amounts, for sure.

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  1. Bagelman5000

    May 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Uh, these numbers aren’t adding up. The top tax rate for CA is 13.3% and the top federal tax rate is 37%. Both of these are for filing as single, which I doubt Lebron does. But even if he does (and doesn’t do any charitable giving or contributions to foundations, or write-offs on his expenses which I guarantee you he does), he’d be only paying a little over $48 million in tax, not the nearly $60 million they are claiming. This article is a bunch of nonsense.

  2. Jubby

    May 19, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    It’s either pay, die, prison, or move away.

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  4. Barry Goldwater

    May 15, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Taxation = legal theft. The government is no different than the mob.

  5. Irwin R. Schyster

    May 14, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    They just send it all to the Ukraines anyway.

  6. Jordan

    May 12, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    “Tax the rich” lol

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  8. 50% taxation is theft.

    May 5, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Personally find it revolting that the government expectation that big of a cut. Imagine being a human and knowing that you owe $145k a day in order to stay out of prison. It’s literally putting a hamster on a wheel and cracking a whip.

  9. Tom Kay

    May 4, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    The big guy gets a cut.

  10. Travis

    May 4, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    I do not think he resides in California. He might have a home there but I believe his place of residence is in Jupiter Florida.

  11. Greg

    May 4, 2022 at 11:08 am

    and if you think these super stars are really paying this much in taxes, then I have a bridge to sell you…….

    • Bob

      May 4, 2022 at 11:13 am

      Yep. Foundations and business expenses. It’s not even close. The sheep are sheep for a reason.

      • Hunter

        May 5, 2022 at 2:24 pm

        Agree there. If they’re smart they pay Sam close to nothing.

    • Brandon

      May 4, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Better to pay good accountants and lawyers than the government.

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Golfer shoots round of 64 over par at prestigious qualifier



The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is one of the biggest events in the American amateur game. Some of the best local and national amateurs showed up this past weekend to play at Inniscrone Golf Club, Pennsylvania.

This year, Alex Seelig and Jack Wallace shared the top spot posting a score of even par. The cut line was 5-over par, which resulted in 16 players advancing through to the championship which will take place in June.

Surprisingly, the golfers who shot the lowest scores weren’t the ones who grabbed the headlines.

Zane Pysher of Green Pond Country Club shot a 64-over-par round of 134 that included a score of 18 on the 17th hole. The Twitter account  Monday Q Info was in attendance and provided the details of the hole.

“Well we hit the 5th hour mark on the 17th tee and his first [ball] didn’t clear the hazard. He hit 4 ball[s] in the hazard from where he had to take a drop so the rules official had him drop on the other side than he hit his 10th shot right behind a tree. Proceeded to hit his 11th right into the tree and had to duck to not get hit by it then punched out, hit, then hit his 13th in the hazard. Put his 15th on the green and made his 18.”

The 122nd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 and 18 at Philadelphia Country Club and Union League National Golf Club – Liberty Hill.

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How a trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods changed the fortunes of a pro at the PGA Championship



Over the weekend, Dicks’s Sporting Goods was able to help out a pro-golfer in need during the PGA Championship.

In his start at the second major of the season, Lanto Griffin was having alignment issues with his putter at Southern Hills. The 33-year-old noticed his putter grip was off by a few degrees.

After a Day 1 score of +2, he took his putter to the local Dick’s Sporting Goods store and got it re-gripped, where they were able to correct the issue and had Griffin ready for Day 2.

The next day, Griffin posted a much better round of -1, making the cut. He saw his strokes gained putting leap from -0.888 to over 4.5 in round two. He even ended up finishing in the Top 10 for strokes gained for putting for the tournament.

Whether you’re competing in a major tournament or are prepping for a weekend round with friends, you never know when a Dick’s Sporting Goods could come in handy!


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Justin Thomas fires brutal shot at Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher after PGA win



Shortly after his PGA Championship victory, Justin Thomas took a shot at Jimbo Fisher.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide golfer is clearly well aware of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s recent war of words.

Nick Saban has a rule that he doesn’t celebrate a victory after 24 hours pass after the win. Thomas alluded to that rule while taking a shot at Fisher in the process.

Speaking on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Thomas responded to the question alluding to a 24 hour rule with this savage putdown:

“I got a 24 hour rule. I’m not sure what Jimbo Fisher’s rule is but I guess he’s gotta win something first before he figures out his rule.”


Last Wednesday, Saban accused Fisher of paying players to get the number one recruiting class in the country. Fisher responded by calling Saban a “narcissist” and alluded to the fact that Saban may have broken NCAA rules in the past. This past season, Fisher became the first former assistant of Saban to beat him in a game.

Fisher’s comments about Saban were harsh. “Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “Go dig into how God did his deal. You may find out about a guy, a lot of things you don’t want to know. We build him up to be the czar of football. Go dig into his past.”

Saban later apologized for singling Fisher and the Aggies out, saying “I should have never singled anybody out.” Saban said on ESPNU radio’s Off-Campus. “That was a mistake and I apologize for that part of it.”

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