World's highest-paid athletes: Woods No. 1

Tiger Woods during the final round at Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Tiger Woods during the final round at Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

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Tiger Woods returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking earlier this season. Now he's back to No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of highest-paid athletes.

Forbes estimates that Woods earned a total of $78.1 million in the past year from prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course-design work. Woods held the top spot on the list from 2001 until 2012, when boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. took over.

Woods finished about $6.6 million ahead of tennis player Roger Federer, who was second. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant ($61.9 million) and Lebron James ($59.8 million), and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ($51 million) rounded out the top 5.

The biggest portion of Woods' income this past year came from Nike, which paid him more than $20 million, according to Forbes. Woods reportedly is close to signing an extension with Nike, too.

The magazine also estimated that Woods lost five sponsors and $50 million in annual income after his 2009 personal scandal.

Other golfers on the list include Phil Mickelson (No. 7, $48.7 million), Rory McIlroy (No. 21, $29.6 million), Ernie Els (No. 78, $19.5 million) and Brandt Snedeker (No. 81, $19 million).

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