Rory McIlroy made his first hole-in-one at the age of 9, won the Irish Amateur Championship at 16, and became the youngest and quickest ever to secure his European Tour card in just two events at the age of 18.
Now at the ripe old age of 26, the prodigy can boast besides his early accolades, his four Major victories, and #3 World Golf Ranking, a whopping $422 million net asset value.
Yahoo Sports reports that the Irish golf sensation appears well on his way to becoming the second billion-dollar golfer along with his boyhood hero Tiger Woods, whose current assets according to Forbes exceed $700 million.
Tiger’s assets depleted considerably after his highly publicized divorce with former Swedish model Elin Nordegren in 2010. Forbes reported that the mother of Tiger’s two children walked off with a stunning $100 million.
Despite Woods not having won a tournament since 2013, he led all sports figures in the world with $55 million in endorsements in 2014. McIlroy sucked up $20 million in endorsements placing him 13th on the list.
The sports world raised an eyebrow in September when McIlroy claimed at East Lake Golf Club that winning the $10 million annuity for the Fed Ex Cup doesn’t get his mojo going: “Luckily, that amount of money doesn’t sort of mean much to me anymore,” he asserted. “It will go in the bank and if I want to buy something nice, I will. I mean, like, it’s nice to think that you could win $10 million this week, but that’s not what excites me. It excites me to play well and to try and win.”
One can deduce $422 million changes a man’s outlook on money. Nevertheless USA Today reports that things weren’t always that way for the golfer from Holywood in County Down: “I remember I wanted this watch,” McIlroy said remembering back to when his bank account wasn’t quite so copious. After finishing third in the Dunhill Links Championship on the European Tour and winning 211,322 pounds—about $320,000 in today’s dollars, he recounted, “I went to get money out of the ATM the week after and the check had obviously been put in (to his account) and I wanted to check my balance and it was like, whatever it was, 220,000 pounds, and I was like, I went straight to the store and bought this watch.”
McIlroy is grateful that he plays for over a million dollars for every tournament. “We’re in such a fortunate position and I think everyone on Tour realizes that.” USA Today reported that McIlroy earned more than $28 million in prize money as a PGA Tour player since obtaining his tour card in 2007.