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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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  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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Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia’s personal relationship has reportedly turned toxic

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In 2014 Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were the so-called ‘dream team’ of the Ryder Cup.

The pair totted up a combined total of 5-and-a-half points of the 16-and-a-half won by the victorious European team, beating the pairing of Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the second day foursomes before both winning their singles.

Their relationship was so solid that McIlroy was honored to be an usher at Garcia’s wedding in 2017, but recently it’s all gone sour, with Golf Monthly reporting a “complete deterioration” of the relationship.

A week ago, it was widley reported that the Spaniard had told his Northern Irish friend that they were now “finally getting paid what we deserve,” a comment that received the reply, “Sergio. We’re golfers. We don’t deserve to be paid anything.”

According to Golf Monthly, the relationship has now “turned personal,” with the world number three unhappy that his old friend has dedicated himself to the Saudi-backed tour, putting the selection process for the Ryder Cup into confusion. The rhetoric between the two is reported to be “bitter and personal.”

At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, as he was hacking out of the rough after a ruling, Garcia was heard muttering, “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” before being confirmed as one of the initial participants of the LIV Golf Series.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what the sanctions are with regards to the Ryder Cup 2023, the way the PGA and DP Tours are moving, there is a distinct possibility that LIV players will be seriously affected – though Garcia has made clear that he wants to be a part of it.

At a press conference before the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club, Garcia stated, “I haven’t resigned from the European Tour because I would like to still be a member. I’m European, I love the European Tour. I played it for 23 years. Obviously we’re going to have to wait and see what the European Tour does. But I definitely would like to keep my membership and get my chance to make the Ryder Cup team because I love that event. But we’ll wait and see what happens over there.”

Whilst recent LIV press conferences on site have caused their own controversy, Garcia has prompted his own backlash.

After reportedly delivering an anti-DP World Tour rant at the BMW International in Germany last week, Golf Monthly reports that one tour player commented:

“They (LIV players) all think they are untouchable, and they all think the tours can’t do anything. I think they’re all about to realize they’re wrong. It is short sighted to think regulations can’t change and that there isn’t a lot of ill-feeling towards them. I think they’ve miscalculated quite dramatically.

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‘You like apples?’ – Greg Norman takes bullish shot at PGA Tour over LIV poll numbers

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CEO of LIV Golf and former superstar Greg Norman took a shot at the PGA Tour via social media on Wednesday.

Sports Illustrated “Morning Read” shared a Harris Poll that indicated younger U.S. golf fans are open to the LIV Golf series despite its controversial source of funding.

Norman commented on social media with a link to the poll while tagging the PGA Tour’s official accounts, saying, “@pgatour you like apples??”

The line is, of course, in reference to a scene in the 1997 classic film Good Will Hunting, and Norman then doubled down on his bullish aim at the tour with a gif of one of follow up lines from Matt Damon’s character:

The results of the Harris Poll were extremely interesting.

According to Sports Illustrated, “Younger Americans are more aware of, more interested in and more open to the LIV tour, according to our polling — and the split is sharp. So while 40% of those 45 years old and younger are familiar with LIV, as opposed to 35% of the overall population, that figure falls to 27% among those aged 55 and over. And while 55% of U.S. adults familiar with the league plan to watch an LIV event, that number rises to more than 7 in 10 (71%) among those aged 18-34.”

The source of the funding for LIV has generated vigorous debate in recent months. The poll results indicated that younger golf fans aren’t as concerned with the Saudi money as the older generation. Among those aware that LIV Golf is funded by foreign government investments, a majority (52%) of those 45 and younger have no issues the arrangement, while those aged 55 and older report far more often that they disapprove.

There were plenty of other interesting results from the polling.

  • Those aware of LIV Golf’s funding sources are nearly evenly split about it (35% oppose the relationship while 36% support it).
  • By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans say that professional sports funders’ identities have no bearing on whether or not they watch. “In much the same way that sports fans are able to keep rooting for their team even if individual players have personal issues, it seems that they are willing to suspend judgment about a league even if its sponsors have poor reputations. This leaves open the question, however, of how potent attempts at “sportswashing” could be: If consumers are able to separate sporting events from their sponsors, it could run the other way, with leagues not transferring their positive reputations back to their funders.”
  • Among golf fans aware of the PGA Tour’s suspensions, 45% support the decision.

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‘Bye Bye Cheat!’ – Tour pro blocked on Twitter by Patrick Reed after shovel jibe

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@PReedGolf – probably the cause of more ‘blocks’ on Twitter golf than any other is at it again.

As one of the more recent recruits to the LIV Golf Series, Reed has once again opened himself up to criticism, a factor of his career for many years.

On this occasion, Reed tweeted an offer for tickets to this week’s second LIV event in Portland, an offer that was re-tweeted by DP World Tour pro Mike Lorenzo-Vera with the comment, “Does this code works if I want to buy a shovel ???”

The comment refers to an incident at the 2019 Hero World Challenge when Reed was accused of brushing away sand from behind his ball in a bunker, and didn’t go down well with those that run the former Masters champion’s Twitter – they blocked him.

The move didn’t bother Lorenzo-Vera. He went straight back with, “Well… that was fast! Bye bye cheat!”

Support was there. Popular on-line commentator group ByTheMinute (Non LIV) Golf said, “Love this MLV but everyone else is blocked already,” but one respondent took the opportunity to cast doubt on the new PGA/DP Tour alliance by accusing, ” Have some self respect instead rather than praising a decision to iron out the fact the Euro Tour will be now on par with the Korn Ferry.” Ouch.

Most recently, a press conference held at Pumpkin Ridge saw Reed, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez face a barrage of awkward questions from reporters, and the answers given certainly have received little approval. The irony, of course, being that Koepka was quite happy to accuse his fellow LIV player of cheating at that event in 2019.

The LIV Golf Invitational Portland starts tomorrow and Reed plays with Perez, Talor Gooch and Dustin Johnson as the ‘4 Aces GC’ team, whilst Koepka captains ‘Smash GC’, comprising his brother Chase and DP World Tour winners Richard Bland and Adrian Otaegui.

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