Golf Prick > Tennis Bum

While Roger Federer was winning a record 15th Grand Slam Tennis title at Wimbledon, Tiger Woods was winning his own golf tournament, the AT&T National. He was also getting slightly better TV ratings.

Woods continues to be a ratings goldmine for the PGA Tour. The 4.6 rating for Sunday's final was 207% higher than last year's final round when Tiger was out after knee surgery.

Federer's five-set win over Andy Roddick pulled a 4.2 overnight rating, down slightly from last year's Rafael Nadal-Federer Wimbledon final.

It marked the third PGA Tour victory of the year for Woods, who now has 68 overall in 245 starts on the tour, which translates into an amazing 27.75% winning percentage. Woods has now finished in the Top Ten in his last 18 starts in stroke play events. Phil Mickelson has 15 Top Ten finishes in his last 36 stroke play tournaments.

That duo once again is at the head of the Sports Illustrated's Fortunate 50 list of the top-earning American athletes in salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.


Tiger Woods earned over $99 million in 2008, while Phil Mickelson took home just under $53 million.

Woods didn't crack the $100 million barrier for the first time in three years, but he hardly went home empty handed. His total of $99,700,00 was down since he spent the majority of last year off the course recovering from knee surgery, which not only denied him PGA winnings, but also millions in appearance fees at invitational tournaments.

The SI "Fortunate 50" breaks down thusly: 22 NBA players, 14 Major League Baseball players, 9 NFL football players (Peyton Manning is the only football player to crack the Top Ten in earnings), three golfers and two NASCAR drivers.

Federer shows up at #9 on the SI International Athletes list with $29,562,000 in earnings last year.

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