Rory McIlroy’s potential payouts are golf’s best rivals at £ 280million

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Rory McIlroy has more earning potential than any other professional golfer in the world with around £ 280million ($ 401million) up for grabs over the rest of his career.

That’s according to a new study from financial consulting firm Duff & Phelps which ranked the top 60 male golfers in the world using a combination of tournament earnings, endorsement income and projected income from the impact program. players from the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association). .

Born in Holywood, County Down, McIlroy stands head and shoulders above his closest rival, Justin Thomas, who has earning potential of £ 211million ($ 299million) and Bryson DeCambeau to 159 million pounds ($ 225 million).

This is the second year in a row that McIlroy has topped the list of counting potential payouts until the age of 50 and it looks like the gaming disruption following the Covid-19 pandemic has failed. began to form. Last year Duff & Phelp’s pegged its earning potential at around £ 212million ($ 300million).

He is single-handedly responsible for Northern Ireland’s third place in the ranking of golfing nations ranked by potential earnings, behind the United States with its 27 players capable of collectively winning £ 1,930m (2,735 million) and England with seven players capable of earning £ 339million ($ 481million).

Australia are fourth on this list with the collective earning potential of their five golfers at £ 157million ($ 223million), nearly half of McIlroy’s £ 280million ($ 401million).

On current form, the Duff & Phelps report said McIlroy was unlikely to be knocked out of first place given his form and trading ability.

“We expect him to retain the top spot regardless of the PGA Tour Player Impact schedule. He held the No.1 spot on OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking) for 106 weeks, finished 92 in the top 10 and is a very enviable public favorite.

“He’s halfway through two 10-year contracts (Nike and TaylorMade) with a combined value of $ 300 million and is the namesake of an EA Sports video game (replacing Woods). With 6.6 million followers, he is the second most influential golfer on social media.

The report says that only one-third of professional golfers’ income will come from tournament earnings, the rest from sponsorship deals.

He said early performances are a good indicator of long-term tournament wins and lucrative, enduring endorsements. Players ranked in the OWGR top 10 at 22 have surpassed those who reached the top 10 later in their careers.


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