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Forbes Woods crosses $1 billion mark

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Forbes.com has reported that, by their estimate, Tiger Woods has surpassed the $1 billion mark in career earnings.

The Web site takes into account prize money, appearance fees, endorsements, bonuses and his golf course design business. They said, “If you add his $10.5 million in 2009 prize money, the FedEx bonus and his take so far this year from his more than $100 million in annual off-the-course earnings, Woods' career earnings are now 10 figures.”

Forbes says Woods is the first athlete to cross the billion-dollar mark in career earnings and that his only rivals are Michael Jordan, who may cross the barrier in “four or five years” and Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, whom they estimate has earned nearly $700 million since 1991.