Rory McIlroy’s Net Worth: How He Did It

Rory McIlroy is an Irish professional golfer, who has been victorious in many prestigious tournaments. Along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, he is one of only four players to win 4 majors by the age of 25. As of 2021, Rory McIlroy’s net worth was $120 million with total career earnings and endorsements from his work.

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The Beginning

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Rory McIlroy was born on May 4th, 1989 in Holywood, Northern Ireland. The only son to Rosie McDonald and Gerry McIlroy. Introduced at an exceptionally early age by his father who is a skilled golfer Gerald McCreadie, Rory was enthusiastic and inspired. He constantly asked his father if he could take him to his parent’s golf club. As a kid, McIlroy was training at the Royal Belfast Golf Club in Holywood. When he turned nine years old, his father and grandfather also gave him another gift- golf clubs.

McIlroy claimed his first significant international victory at the World Championship for the 9-10 age group bracket at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida. Michael Bannon (also McIlroy’s current coach) has been a dedicated mentor and trainer throughout McIlroys’ early years.

Rory McIlroy’s Journey

Amateur Career

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At the age of 15, Jason McIlroy became a member of Europe’s 2004 winning Junior Ryder Cup team and later in 2005 he became the youngest ever winner of both the West of Ireland Championship and Irish Close Championship. He was offered a golf scholarship to East Tennessee State University but he declined because he wanted to play amateur golf overseas.

When McIlroy was 16, he actually played for both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland at the 2005 European Amateur Team Championship. Unfortunately, team Ireland did not make it to quarter-finals that year. Two years later, they won the championship in Scotland with McIlroy on the team again. It was their first title in this championship since 1987.

McIlroy made his first European Tour appearance at the 2005 British Masters shortly after turning 16. He also made his debut on the European Tour in 2007, at the Dubai Desert Classic. As an amateur player, he had to forfeit any prize money of over 7600 euros earned that year.

Professional Career

European Tour Start

McIlroy turned pro on September 27, 2007 the morning of the British Masters. He tied for 42nd on that day and within three months won both The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October and Madrid Open de Valle Romano in December which secured him his card to play next year with The European Tour.

From 2008 to 2010, McIlroy competed in a number of European Tour events and placed well. His first professional win came at 19 years old when he won the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic. This victory soared him to 16th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Furthermore, McIlroy earned himself an invitation to 2009 Masters Tournament. Rors first played in a major professional tournament at the 2009 Masters, where he tied for 20th place. Before returning to his European Tour schedule, McIlroy played in two more PGA Tour events after the Masters including his first appearance at The Players Championship.

PGA Tour

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In 2010, Rory McIlroy recorded his first PGA Tour win by shooting an incredible course-record 62 in the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship. Since Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event in 1996, only one other player has done so before the age of 21-the aforementioned Rory McIlroy. After winning the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy gained a two-year exemption to participate in all of golf’s majors. However, in response to representing Europe at this year’s Ryder Cup, he announced his return to full-time play on the EuroTour.

He lamented the decision to play only 11 or 12 U.S. tournaments each year, saying he regretted the choice in 2010 when he relinquished his PGA Tour card and skipped the Player Championship at TPC Sawgrass in 2010.


In 2011, McIlroy was on top of the golf world. He performed phenomenally in the Masters Tournament until the final round, where he fell four strokes behind various opponents after struggling with his shotmaking abilities. Though he had an exceptional third round, with the final day being a journey to nowhere, Phil Mickelson’s four-day Masters went from good to bad. He started the tournament shooting one over par on the first nine, still in the lead. Unfortunately finishing at four-under for final total of 80 leaving him in 15th place.The Masters title was within reach for Rose but he might have been a little too complacent on the last day.

Despite his loss at the Masters in Augusta earlier that year, Rory McIlroy came back to capture his first major championship victory later that same year when he won the U.S. Open! McIlroy played 8 strokes better than anyone else over the course of the tournament and secured a large margin of victory for his first win in three years.

Besides winning the U.S. Open, McIlroy set several records there as well. His score of 268 was a new U.S. Open record for 72-holes played and he broke two other 36-hole records in front of him as well (nearest to pin by 7 feet 2 inches). Although it was a significant accomplishment, McIlroy still needed to improve his rank on the Official World Golf Ranking list. 

World Number 1

Following his great form and win at the 2012 Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy rose to number one in world rankings. In the same year, he lost his number one ranking while for the first time and regained it. He would keep it from 2001 until 2003 when he lost to Luke DonaldIn 2012, at the Wells Fargo Championship, Ian Rors was close to winning and went to a playoff with Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points; however, Fowler eventually won the tournament.After finishing as runner-up in the WGC Cadillac Championship, McIlroy was back at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings. Later on, he would miss three events in a row and fall to number three.

Rory McIlroy spent more than 100 weeks in the number 1 position during his career.

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Rory McIlroy’s Net Worth

Rory McIlroy has positioned himself as one of the top-earning golfers in the world with four majors and multiple wins. The value of his net worth is about $120 million, according to Forbes. Nike legend Tiger Woods was no longer the face of Nike golf, so McIlroy signed an endorsement deal with the company worth as much as $200 Million.

McIlroy is seventh on the all-time career money list with nearly $70 million in tournament winnings. This does not include his FedEx Cup wins, which are not counted towards official money lists. Moreover, once he wins in the FedEx Cup competition, Rory McIlroy would be third on the career money list, only behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Additionally, it is estimated that Rory makes $34 million a year in endorsements alone. The biggest discrepancy between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy is Nike. Additionally, McIlroy has deals with Upper Deck, TaylorMade, and Omega that make him golf’s fourth highest paid player with $37.7 million in annual earnings that trails Tiger Woods by just under $1,000 on every day of the year. His deal with TaylorMade reportedly is worth $1 million annually over 10 years.

Rory does not hide his wealth. He owns a magnificent $9.5 million house equipped with game room, gym, swimming pool, and trophy room! Moreover, he was also seen driving a $400k Lamborghini Aventador.

Summary Of Rory McIlroy’s Net Worth

One of the greatest golfers of our generation, dubbed to be the next Tiger Woods but was not. His four major championship victories and former placement at the top of the official world golf rankings cemented him as one of the top golfers in the world.Rory McIlroy has a net worth that is on the top of the list in the world. Looking at his latest form, there is no doubt that he could win another Major!

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