Roger Federer overtakes Tiger Woods, becomes highest prize money earner
Roger Federer, the nineteen-time Grand Slam champion, has overtaken former world number one golfer Tiger Woods to become the highest prize money earner in individual sports.tennis Updated: Nov 16, 2017 13:56 IST
Roger Federer, nineteen-time Grand Slam champion, has overtaken former world number one golfer Tiger Woods as the highest prize money earner in individual sports, according to a list released by Forbes.
Federer became the first player to book his place in the semi-finals of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals by seeing off a spirited challenge from 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-1 in a thrilling round robin clash that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
The victory took his prize money to a whopping $110,235,682, thus surpassing previous number one Woods? tally of $110,061,012 in his career.
Federer is in a rich-vein of form having won seven titles this year, including Australian Open and Wimbledon, and will chase to win his first season-ending title since 2011.
The 36-year-old Swiss chose to sit out of the second half of 2016 in order to recover fully from his knee surgery as well as a back problem, has also moved to number two spot in the ATP Rankings.
Federer currently holds 95 career titles, sitting at the second spot on the all-time list behind American Jimmy Connors, who bagged 109 titles, Sport24 reported.
Meanwhile, Woods currently holds 14 majors in golf and trails all-time leader Jack Nicklaus (18) by four titles.
Woods, whose last major came in 2008, has floundered in recent years since revealing about his private life and due to a string of long-term injuries.
Currently ranked 1, 189th in the world, Woods is all set to make a return at his own World Challenge tournament at the end of the month.
First Published: Nov 16, 2017 13:53 IST