Golf’s money leader­ board

2012-11-17 20:43

Northern Irishman McIlroy leads the money list

World No?1 Rory McIlroy has swung his way into the pound seat by earning more money from the game than
any other professional golfer globally.

The 23-year-old is currently dominating the money list in the world’s two uppermost authoritative golf bodies – the US’s PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour.

With the busy golfing year coming to an end, the Northern Ireland-born golfer has already accumulated about $8.1?million (R72?million) from the PGA Tour and €3.6?million (about R41?million) from the European Tour.

This brings his total earnings for this year to R113?million.

Since taking over the number-one spot from Englishman Luke Donald earlier this year, McIlroy has been consistently devastating on the golf course, which warrants him being the money-list leader.

Among his notable victories was winning the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Indiana, the US, by carding an under-par 20 in a sterling showing in September.

Former No?1 Tiger Woods is trailing McIlroy in the second spot, bagging $6.1?million on the PGA Tour.

However, his name does not feature in the European Tour as he hasn’t played in any of its competitions this year.

American Brandt Snedeker is number three on the PGA Tour with $5?million, while Peter Hanson of Sweden is
the second richest in Europe with €2.6?million.

South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace find themselves perched in the top 10 of the European
Tour money list.

Oosthuizen is placed fourth, having raked in ­R28?million; while Grace has made R22?million for his outstanding performance on the greens this year.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, narrowly missed the Barclays Singapore Open at the Santosa Golf Club last week, losing to Italian Matteo Manassero.

And the South African still rues the final moment that put paid to his chance of finishing the year on a high note.

Grace won four times in his rookie season: the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the Volvo China Open, the Volvo Golf Champions and the Joburg Open.

There are no other South African players in the top 20 of the highly competitive US PGA Tour, with the exception of this year’s Masters tournament runner-up Oosthuizen and veteran Ernie Els, who are placed 15th and 16th respectively.

Both players have collected $3.4?million (R30?million) apiece for their excursions in the US.

Els won his fourth major championship in an astonishing finish, rallying to beat Australian Adam Scott in the British Open by a stroke at Lytham St Annes in England in July.

It is interesting to note that another former number one, Phil Mickelson, is also in the mix in the US tour.

The veteran left-hander is positioned eighth, having bagged $4?million from competing in 22 events this year.

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