Tiger eyes milestone
Woods looking to take PGA Tour earnings over $100million
Last Updated: July 2, 2012 5:13pm
Tiger Woods: Way clear in the earnings table
Tiger Woods can take his PGA Tour earnings through the $100million dollar (£80million) mark with another victory on Sunday.
Woods increased his tally to $99 million by capturing the AT&T National at the weekend - his third win of the season - and can reach three figures by adding the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
The 36-year-old is already way out in front in the overall standings.
Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson are next best with $66million and then comes Jim Furyk on $51million.
As for Jack Nicklaus, whom Woods has now overtaken with 74 victories on the circuit, he finished his career with total winnings of $5.7million. Good enough only for 209th place on the table now.
Woods remains four behind Nicklaus, though, in what matters most - majors - and has been stuck on 14 since the 2008 US Open.
Even with four wins in the last seven months, more than anybody else in the game has managed, he knows that Royal Lytham is where people will be judging him again.
He does have the comfort of knowing he has mastered it three times already - St Andrews in 2000 and 2005 by eight and five-shot margins and Hoylake in 2006 by two - and he has one good memory of the Lancashire course.
It was there in 1996 that he took the silver medal as low amateur, finishing 22nd, and his second round 66 matched the best score by any amateur in Open history at the time. Tom Lewis went one better last July.
When the event returned to Lytham in 2001 Woods was "only" 25th, but he had just completed his "Tiger Slam" three months earlier, so he can be cut some slack there.
In terms of PGA Tour titles only Sam Snead is ahead of him now with 82.
A lot more ahead of me
"I've had a number of good years in my career so far and I feel like I've got a lot more ahead of me.
"It feels great to get to 74 wins and obviously pass Jack. It's something I'm very proud of."
The American went into The Masters on the back of a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then the US Open on the back of victory at the Memorial Tournament, but the majors were disappointing - 40th at Augusta and 21st at the Olympic Club.
More Tour wins can only add to his confidence, however, and he has not forgotten that prior to his victory at the unofficial Chevron Challenge in California he had gone over two years without a title
and had seen his marriage end after al the revelations about his serial adultery.