Cost of a Card
This is an article from the Dec. 10, 2007 issue
The price ofremaining at least partially exempt (top 150) on the PGA Tour has gone up morethan tenfold in the 19 years since Curtis Strange became the Tour's firstmillionaire. In addition to the earnings that a player has needed to crack thetop 150, here's how much a Tour pro has had to win to finish among the top 30(exempt for Players Championship and all four majors), the top 70 (exempt forinvitationals) and the top 125 (exempt for full-field Tour events).
Strange became thefirst golfer to earn seven figures in a single season, in 1988. Two years laterLee Trevino was the first senior to crack $1 million, but it wasn't until 1996that a woman, Karrie Webb, did so. This year 121 players made a million ormore.
Jack Nicklaus andAnnika Sorenstam rank among golf's greatest champions, but Tiger Woods is on atrajectory to exceed their accomplishments. Here are their running PGA and LPGAwin totals.
• Jack Nicklaus
• Tiger Woods
They should just shut up!
-- ROCCO MEDIATE, TO THE PGA TOUR MEMBERS WHOCOMPLAINED THAT TIGER WOODS'S NEW EVENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IS ANINVITATIONAL