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As you can imagine, that kind of money can buy you a pretty nice house. And now Houston, currently an assistant general manager for the Knicks, has put his custom-built mansion in Armonk, N.Y. on the market.
The price? A cool $19.9 million because not listing it at an even $20 mill is a trick real estate agents use. Clever. Take a look at these photos, though, and you'll see that the property, which includes a basketball court and a golf practice area in the backyard (among everything else), is worth it:
Houston plays out of Hudson National Golf Club and has a 7.7 handicap index according to GHIN, but he hasn't posted a score in nearly eight years. Probably because he's been so busy making the Knicks a championship contender. . . kidding!
According to Forbes' latest ranking of the world's highest-paid athletes, Woods was passed by Phil Mickelson. This is the first time in Tiger's pro career that he hasn't been the most well-compensated golfer.
Forbes has Mickelson at $50.8 million edging Woods by a nose at $50.6 million. Neither player made his usual amount of money on the course last year, but Phil's $2.8 million proved to be the difference versus an oft-injured Woods' paltry $0.6 million.
On the overall list of athletes, Mickelson ranks eighth and Woods is ninth. Boxer Floyd Mayweather leads by far with a whopping $300 million in earnings, followed by Manny Pacquiao at $160 million (so much for boxing being a dying sport). A pair of soccer players, Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.6M) and Lionel Messi ($73.8M) check in next, followed by Roger Federer ($67M), LeBron James ($64.8M) and Kevin Durant ($54.1M).
Just behind Tiger and Phil is Rory McIlroy, whose $48.3 million places him 12th overall. No other golfer made the top 100.
Earlier this year, the Golf Digest 50 still had Woods holding down the top spot at $55.1 million, but Mickelson and McIlroy were closing in. Woods made $121.9M at his peak in 2009 before his scandal.
Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes reported that in March only 19 percent of Americans could identify Spieth by name or image. After his Masters victory, that number jumped to 36 percent, an increase of 85 percent.
“Repucom measures individual attributes as part of its polling and Spieth is now the highest-ranked athlete in five of the eight attributes it tracks,” Badenhausen wrote. “He tops the charts for aspiration, breakthrough, endorsement, trendsetter and trust.”
In the aspiration attribute, Spieth ranks fourth among the thousands of celebrities that Repucom tracks, behind only Tom Hanks, Bill Gates and Kate Middleton.
“These numbers, while impressive and meteoric, will fall off over time,” Repucom executive Peter Laatz told Badenhausen. “The attribute scores will come back a little, but I don’t think they will fall dramatically.”
The bottom line is, well, his bottom line. His financial future, already flourishing with a portfolio that includes AT&T and Under Armour, is at least as bright as his future in golf.
“Brands want to keep their risk low and have as high an upside as possible when they are looking to put their mark on people,” Laatz said. “This is a guy you want to pile into from a marketing standpoint.”
If you don't know what FootGolf is, check out our helpful explainer. Basically, you play a shortened golf course with enlarged holes by kicking a soccer ball and keeping score like you would in golf. And apparently, people are digging it, especially that "M-word" sect the golf industry is desperately trying to reach.
"Then it dawned on me that we are struggling so much to bring the millennial generation into the game of golf," Mike Woods, PGA director at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento told Reuters. "Yet that's the absolute target market for soccer."
After initially finding FootGolf silly, Woods had it added at Haggin Oaks in 2013 to become the fifth certified FootGolf course in the country. And the golf complex has been reaping the benefits since.
Woods said Haggin Oaks booked 9,120 rounds that first year. That number has stayed consistent despite eight other local courses joining the FootGolf fray. Woods said Haggin Oaks netted $186,000 in revenue from just FootGolf in 2014.
For course operators, the beauty of adding FootGolf is that it doesn't cost much. Reuters says the investment can be as low as $5,000 and that there are currently more than 400 certified FootGolf courses in the U.S.
"FootGolf is to the golf industry what snowboarding was to the ski industry," said Laura Balestrini, president of the American FootGolf League.
If you've tried it, that's a pretty good comparison. FootGolf doesn't have much appeal for serious golfers, but it seems to be a popular activity for bachelor parties, and it can be a way for a parent to play golf while spending time with their kid (A FootGolf course is usually part of a regular golf course). And yes, it's also just an excuse to go crazy with your best goal-scoring celebration.
Probably not, but you might enjoy seeing just how awesome this property is. Named "Gemini" (you know it's a sick property when it has an official name, especially one like Gemini), the family compound encompasses 16 acres on a barrier island just south of Palm Beach.
The main house measures 62,200 (can't forget that extra 200!) square feet and sits on the Atlantic Ocean. There's also a guest house that faces the Intracoastal and the two structures are connected by an air-conditioned and furnished tunnel. That alone might make this the most jaw-dropping piece of real estate on the market, but there's more.
The compound also includes a seven-bedroom house, two four-bedroom "cottages," a pool, a pier, a basketball court, a tennis court, and a golf practice area with two greens.
But while we've seen those type of amenities in luxury listings before, here's a new one: A miniature golf course. With a model train set running through it. Amazing.
The Wall Street Journal describes that last feature as being "for children." Ha. That would be the first thing we'd check out if we ever visited.