As Tiger Woods‘ play has returned to form, so has his payout.
According to Forbes’ annual rankings, Woods has regained his title as the world’s highest-paid athlete after losing that spot to boxer Floyd Mayweather last year.
The golfer, who has won six tournaments over the last calendar year, pulled in an estimated $78.1 million over that span — $65 million from endorsements.
Until being bumped out by Mayweather, Woods had topped Forbes’ list every year from 2001 to 2011.
The richest of the rich in the 2013 edition represent a variety of sports, as the top 10 includes two golfers (Woods and No. 8 Phil Mickelson), a tennis player (No. 2 Roger Federer), two basketball players (No. 3 Kobe Bryant and No. 4 LeBron James), two NFLers (No. 5 Drew Brees and No. 6 Aaron Rodgers) and three European soccer players (No. 8 David Beckham, No. 9 Cristiano Ronaldo and No. 10 Lionel Messi).
Just outside that top 10 is Tom Brady, whose $38.3 million in total earnings places him at No. 11. The Patriots quarterback is the only Boston athlete to crack the top half of the list, with the city’s next-highest-earning player, Paul Pierce, checking in at No. 82.
Mayweather, 2012’s top earner, dropped to No. 14 after fighting just once in the 12-month period.
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