By Evin Priest
This time last year, Rory McIlroy came under heavy fire for saying $10 million “didn’t matter to him”. In 2016, however, we’re sure he’s singing a different tune after earning $33o,000 every time he played 18 holes.
That’s right, the average paycheque McIlroy banked per round of golf in 2015/16 was an astonishing $AU334,226 courtesy of winning the lucrative FedEx Cup bonus prize of $10 million ($AU13 million) and two US PGA Tour titles for a season total of $15,790,585 – or $AU20,722,009.
“Luckily, that amount of money doesn’t sort of mean much to me anymore,” McIlroy said famously in September 2015. “I mean … it will go in the bank and if I want to buy something nice, I will. It’s not really anything that — I mean like it’s nice to think that you could win $10 million this week, but that’s not what excites me.”
The Northern Irishman took out the season-ending Tour Championship after a thrilling, four-hole sudden-death playoff this morning and with it came the whopping FedEx Cup bonus in addition to the $2 million prize for defeating Ryan More in extra holes at East Lake Golf Club.
The 27-year-old teed up in 18 events in the 2015/16 season and, taking into account tournaments where he missed the cut (three), the world No.3 played a total of 62 rounds on the US PGA Tour. For every 18 holes of golf, McIlroy pocketed $334,226. For every event he showed up to, he averaged $1.15 million.
McIlroy’s 2015/16 season earnings (without the FedEx Cup bonus) amassed to $7,604,382, with the Ryder Cup Team Europe star recording two victories, eight top-10s ad 11 top-25s.
That’s a lotta’ quiche.