It has been a pretty good year for Rory McIlroy, to say the least. He won four times on the PGA Tour, including the PGA Championship, which was the second major championship victory of his career. He is number one in the official world golf rankings, third in FedEx Cup points and finished first on the PGA Tour money list, winning $8,047,952. Oh yeah, I almost forgot that he was instrumental in the European team pulling out a legendary victory at the Ryder Cup.
Now, with his third place finish this week in Singapore, Rory has locked up the top spot on the European Tour money list (Race to Dubai), as well. He brought home a cool €3,696,597 ($4,702,810) in just 13 qualified tournaments. Last year, Luke Donald was the first golfer to ever top the money lists for both tours in the same year. Now, McIlroy has duplicated that incredibly impressive feat.
For those of you that are not mathematically inclined, McIlroy earned $12,750,402 just based on his performance this year. That does not even include sponsorship deals and appearance fees, which are allowed on the European Tour but not on the PGA Tour.
That’s not bad for a year’s work, especially for a 23 year old who plays golf for a living. McIlroy is clearly living up to the hype bestowed upon him as the next big thing in the world of golf. His spot atop the PGA Tour money list was almost $2 million ahead of Tiger Woods, who finished in second place and over $3 million ahead of the third place finisher, Brandt Snedeker.
Not only does McIlroy have an absolutely incredible golf game, he clearly has the mental toughness to compete (and succeed) on the biggest stages in the sport. That combination of ability and psychological strength means that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.