Anyone that’s paid attention to golf over the last 15 years has come to recognize Rory McIlroy as a household name and one of the best players in the world.
Born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, Rory is the son of a bartender and avid golfer. His dad, Gerry, introduced him to the game at a very young age. And success came early and often. He won the Junior World Championship at Doral when he was not yet 10 years old.
As he continued to have more and more success, his dad – never one to shy away from a wager – made a $700 bet that Rory would win the British Open before the age of 26. Fast forward to 2014 when Rory won at Royal Liverpool at the age of 25, and that original $700 turned into a cool $342,000. That’s a significant amount to most of us mere mortals.
But it represents a drop in the bucket when we talk about Rory’s net worth. Since turning professional, McIlroy has earned no less than #125,147,336 on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour alone. Some 35 Tour wins and four major championships will help anyone’s bank account. Like a lot of the biggest names in the game, however, Rory has more than cashed in on lucrative sponsorship deals with companies like TaylorMade, Nike, NBC Sports, Omega, EA Sports, and Optum to name just a few. When we total how much money he’s earned on the golf course with his sponsorship deals, we come up with a networth somewhere in the neighborhood of $622 million. I don’t know about you, but I’d settle for 1/622 of that and call it good.
Life Off the Golf Course
Rory is an only child, the son of Gerry and Rosaleen. He’s 34 years old and married to former PGA of America employee, Erica Stoll. The two have a daughter named Poppy.
Prior to falling in love with his current wife, Erica, McIlroy was engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2013. However, in May of 2014, after wedding invitations had been sent out, McIlroy had second thoughts and decided that he “wasn’t ready for everything that marriage entailed.” According to Wozniacki, McIlroy ended the relationship over a brief phone call and the two haven’t spoken since.
Professionally, Rory has come to be viewed by both his fans and colleagues as a global ambassador for the game of golf. He currently sits on the PGA Tour’s Player’s Policy Advisory Board, and has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Saudi-backed startup LIV Tour.
There’s no question that Rory will go down in history as one of the best players in the modern era. And his success on and off the course has certainly given him all the resources he needs.
But in the bigger picture, he’s already varnished a reputation as a world-class golfer, amabassador, and good human. And at such a young age, there seems little doubt he’ll only continue to add to that legacy for years to come.