When it comes to golfers who are household names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are probably the top two most recognizable in the sport. But right behind them in prominence and growing with each passing year is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is one of the world’s most successful and famous golfers, especially if the money he’s pulling in is any indication.
More than team sports, the money a player earns in an individual sport such as golf truly reflects how successful the player is. So let’s take a look at McIlroy’s career earnings, his net worth, and how that compares to the richest golfers the sport has ever seen.
The PGA Tour success of Rory McIlroy
McIlroy hails from Hollywood, Nothern Ireland. The 30-year-old rose from humble beginnings to currently become one of the best golfers in the world. Take a look at some of McIlroy’s achievements since joining the PGA Tour in 2007:
- 18 PGA Tour victories
- Nine international victories
- Scoring average of 68.091
- A career-low round of 61
- Four major victories
A relatively young man, McIlroy seems to have plenty of great golf still left in him. But how much has he earned so far in his already illustrious career?
Rory McIlroy’s career earnings total is almost as impressive as his golf game. With a victory at the World Golf Championship-HSBC champions tournament in November in China, McIlroy’s career earnings went past $50 million — $51.03 million, to be exact. By winning a playoff, McIlroy won the event for a hefty payday of $1.745 million.
After the event, McIlroy’s achievement left him humbled:
“To practice hard and to do all the right things, and to see it pay off like this and get wins like this, makes it all worthwhile.”
Coincidentally, the event also saw another longtime pro pass the $50 million mark. Sergio Garcia finished in 53rd, which was enough to get him to a lifetime earnings total of $52,875,000. Both players’ totals are dwarfed by the all-time leader, Tiger Woods, who has $120.46 million in career earnings. McIlroy’s earnings make him the eighth-highest earning golfer of all time.
What is Rory McIlroy’s net worth?
McIlroy’s net worth is estimated at $122 million. While he hasn’t won a major championship since 2014, he did score one of the sport’s highest payouts when he won the 2019 FedEx Cup. The title gave him $15 million.
McIlroy has a huge endorsement deal with Nike, rumored to be valued at over $200 million. Starting in 2012, his tournament appearance fee was $2 million. It’s likely skyrocketed since then, as McIlroy’s profile has only grown over the past eight years.
Business Insider estimates that he makes $34 million annually from endorsements. That number is likely to grow, especially if McIlroy resumes his winning ways in the major championship tournaments again. A six-year gap makes it seem as if he’s due for a big victory sometime in the next year or two.
How does that compare to other golfers? One list ranked McIlroy as the ninth richest golfer in the world. He’s got a while to go before he can catch some of the greats of all time — in both earnings and victories. And it’s not certain he will become a top-five earner of all time before it’s said and done.
But the bottom line is that with the early career success he’s already achieved combined with having plenty of time left to win more tournaments, McIlroy will continue to keep earning a lot of money.