Fred VanVleet > Tiger Woods.
During this offseason, the NBA has witnessed some astonishing contracts, notably a three-year, fully guaranteed agreement worth $128.34 million for Fred VanVleet, the Houston Rockets point guard.
This deal places VanVleet among the highest-paid players in terms of yearly salary in the NBA.
Surprisingly, VanVleet’s earnings over the next three years will surpass the career earnings of Tiger Woods, one of the most dominant athletes in history, renowned for his golf prowess.
According to golf insider Kyle Porter, VanVleet’s $128.34 million contract outshines the total amount earned by Tiger throughout his entire PGA Tour career, exceeding it by $20 million.
Just catching up on some NBA free agency nuggets, and it appears that Fred VanVleet will make $20 million more over the next three years than Tiger Woods made on the PGA Tour in his career.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) July 5, 2023
The topic of PGA Tour paydays has gained attention due to the emergence of the LIV Golf series, which offers substantial payouts to players regardless of their tournament performance.
Tiger’s exceptional skills and consistent success during the late 90s and 2000s significantly contributed to the growth of golf and led to the improvement of tournament purses we witness today.
Although Tiger may not have earned as much as current NBA players in terms of career earnings, his impressive brand value translated into abundant endorsement deals.
When considering his PGA Tour record earnings of $121 million, Tiger has amassed a staggering $1.8 billion throughout his playing career. In 2022, Forbes recognized him as a billionaire, joining LeBron James as the only active athletes to attain such financial distinction.