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For reference, Forbes took all earnings from an athlete's "work" - salary, tournament winnings, etc. - and added in outside income directly related to the athlete's status. It is safe to assume that Woods will soar up the list in 12 months time thanks to the form he has demonstrated during his unlikely and heartwarming comeback. Nevertheless, he still figures in 26th place in the list with $37.5m, $34m of which came from sponsorship and endorsements.

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There are three other golfers in the list.

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Not a single sportswoman made the top 100.

What sets golfers apart, of course, is how they primarily earn their money. "It is harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $1.5 million to $22.9 million". Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her.

Phil Mickelson, who is going for the career grand slam at next week's US Open, was next on the list in 22nd ($41.3 million) for the golfers and he was also the oldest athlete at the age of 47 to make the top 100. The group draws from 68 different countries, then narrows it down to the 100 most famous athletes in the world.

In the top 100 list, the National Football League had 18 athletes, 14 were baseball players and nine were footballers. It is on account of the staggering $24 billion TV deal the National Basketball Association managed to negotiate.

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To have had the victories that I have had, to have the results that I have, obviously moving a step in the right direction. Now I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff. "I don't know who said that I feel pressure".