Woods remains golf's top earner in 2014

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While his body failed him at the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods can still boast that he is golf's top earner.

That's according to Golf Digest's annual "All-Encompassing Money List," which put Woods in the top spot for the 12th consecutive year. While his on-course efforts in 2014 were marred by injuries, Woods reportedly amassed $55,110,775 in earnings last year, with a whopping 98.9 percent of those dollars coming from off-course endorsements. Woods' total was more than $4 million better than Phil Mickelson, who was second with $50.7 million, while Rory McIlroy was third with nearly $49.2 million.

Woods has topped the standings each of the 12 years the publication has compiled its list, but his 2014 income was his lowest since 2000, when he reportedly made $49 million. Last year Woods made more than $83 million, which put him more than $31 million ahead of Mickelson in second place.

In 2010, the last income report not impacted by his 2009 scandal, Woods made nearly $122 million - more than $80 million ahead of Mickelson.

The list also proves that on-course performance isn't the biggest drive for golf income, as long-retired Arnold Palmer came in fourth last year with $40 million that came entirely from endorsements, while Jack Nicklaus was fifth with more than $22 million despite only $47,250 in on-course earnings. The rest of the top 10 included FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel ($18.29 million), Justin Rose ($18.22 million), Sergio Garcia ($15.84 million), Adam Scott ($15.25 million) and Bubba Watson ($15.11 million).

Newcomers to the top 50 list for 2014 include U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer (No. 19), Jimmy Walker (No. 21), Chris Kirk (No. 23), Hideki Matsuyama (No. 36), Stacy Lewis (No. 41 and the highest-ranked woman), Michelle Wie (No. 42), Patrick Reed (No. 43), Victor Dubuisson (No. 44), Ryan Moore (No. 45), Kevin Na (No. 49) and Seung-yul Noh (No. 50).