Rory McIlroy could experience richest golf season ever

Rory McIlroy is not pinching pennies. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy is not pinching pennies.  (Getty Images)

This lede from Oliver Brown in The Telegraph earlier this week, while incredible in nature, doesn't do justice to what Rory McIlroy is on the precipice of.

Here's what Brown said:

"If Rory McIlroy’s appearance last weekend at his beloved Manchester United taught us anything, it was that money could not buy him taste."

As Brown points out later, though, McIlroy is poised to become the rare golfer who actually gets rich because of on-the-course play.

McIlroy has accumulated $8.4 million on both tours with a lot more up for grabs over the next few weeks.

"Should McIlroy repeat his 2012 feat of winning two of the four playoffs, as well as the $10 million cheque that fractionally eluded him then, his on-course earnings would pass $20 million for the year," said Brown.

"Tiger Woods, in a record-shattering 2000 season where he won three of the four majors, accumulated $21.2 million if figures are adjusted for inflation, which leaves his heir presumptive well-poised to enjoy the most lucrative year in golf there has ever been."

He didn't even mention the Race To Dubai which, if McIlroy wins would bump things up another few million.

The Ulsterman, of course, didn't get off to a great start in his quest on Thursday at The Barclays but there's a lot of golf left to be played and you can be sure he'll snag at least a little (if not a lot) of that dough.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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