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The estimated tax Tiger Woods pays per day revealed

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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, bookies.com 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 bookies.com, 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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Brandel Chamblee says this area of Rory McIlroy’s game costs him in the biggest moments

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It’s been over a decade since Rory McIlroy last won a major. At last week’s U.S. Open, the Northern Irishman had his best chance in recent memory to finally got over the hump, but missed two putts inside five feet, including a 2’6? putt, which cost him the tournament.

While speaking on Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee shared his opinion on what he believes has held McIlroy back in the biggest moments.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love Rory’s golf swing, it’s beautiful. It’s beautiful. But he’s now finished in the top-ten in the last six US Opens and he’s averaging in those six US Opens – because I just looked here in strokes gained approach – about 30th. Guess what they do not do? Win US Opens.

“The guys who win US Opens finish first, second, third, fourth. Brooks Koepka in US Opens – first, second, most greens and best iron shots, strokes gained approach.

“Rory consistently underperforms in his iron play – and that is the most important statistic.”

The stats back up Chamblee’s opinion. On Sunday, Rory ranked 69th of 74 players in Strokes Gained: Approach.

McIlroy will take a few weeks off before teeing it up at the Genesis Scottish Open followed by the last major of the year at Royal Troon.

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Tour pro says Rory McIIroy needs to replace caddie Harry Diamond following U.S. Open collapse

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It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major in a decade. On Sunday, the Northern Irishman had his best chance in recent memory to finally got over the hump, but missed two putts inside five feet, including a 2’6″ putt, which cost him the U.S. Open.

While speaking on The Chipping Forecast podcast, DP World Tour player Eddie Pepperell said he believes McIlroy needs a new caddie.

“He looked so comfortable and in control and he just needed to hit it to the front part of that green on 15. And I really think he would have walked away with that trophy. That was an inexplicable club decision on 15 and possibly the last too.”

Harry Diamond, a longtime McIlroy friend, has been on his bag since 2017.

Pepperell said that McIlroy’s former caddie, JP Fitzgerald, would be a wise choice to replace Diamond.

“I just think Rory needs somebody who’s capable, like JP (Fitzgerald) probably used to be able to do and help him get across that line.”

Eddie added that if Rory were to win at Pinehurst, a change wouldn’t have been necessary.

“I wouldn’t have said this If he had won but I think he needs a new caddie. I hate saying that about Harry because I’m sure he’s a lovely guy. And I’m sure he’s a good caddie.

“But today, I felt Rory needed somebody that could pull him through the finish line. Rory should never have lost that golf tournament today.

“And I’m adamant about that. I’m sure if he had a super experienced, strong caddie, he would have just pulled him through.

“And I think that that’s the thing that’s holding him back in majors. I could be wrong, but that’s what I think and a bogey on 15 was just emblematic.”

On Monday, McIlroy put out a statement saying he’s going to take the next few weeks off and will skip this week’s Travelers Championship, which is a Signature Event.

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The stunning numbers behind the rise in Bryson’s popularity following U.S. Open win

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Joe Pompliano, who is a sports and business investor at Pomp Investments, took to X to share just how popular Bryson DeChambeau is after his win at the U.S. Open.

“Bryson DeChambeau’s last 24 hours:

• Google search interest up +250%
• The Stitch x Crushers collab sells out
• Gained 25,000 Twitter followers
• Gained 25,000 YouTube subscribers
• Gained 100,000 Instagram followers
• Appeared on the Today show this AM”

I can also add that DeChambeau’s New Era hat, which has been sold out since the day it was released, was briefly back in stock on Monday. It proceeded to sell out once again in less than an hour.”

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Like it or not, Bryson DeChambeau is the biggest star in professional golf.

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