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Rich pickings for Rory McIlroy

By Jim Gracey and Nikki McWilliams

Rory McIlroy will still be a very wealthy man, even if he misses the $10m jackpot at the Tour Championships in Atlanta on September 20-23.

Many sages shook their heads when he threw away a four-shot lead at The Masters last year, suffering a public meltdown as he battled to keep his emotions in check.

The consensus was that it would take him a long time to recover, years perhaps.

However the Ulster hero is still quids-in after his recent tournament successes and will not fall too harshly if he fails to make an impression in the Tour Championships later this month.

In just two months, the 23- year-old from Holywood has bagged £4m in the PGA Tour, £2.2m in European tournaments and due to his most recent victory, in Boston at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, he racked up a further £907,000.

The Holywood golfer has secured his future already at the age of 23 by accumulating just over £7m — excluding his endorsements.

With sponsors such as Santander offering Rory a multi-million pound deal in addition to Jumeirah, Oakley and Titleist contributing £10m to his kitty, our boy finds himself in a tidy position for the future.

Currently he is reckoned to be one of the most marketable sports personalities in the world.

When he turned pro he joined Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management stable alongside the likes of Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, but in October 2011 he left to join Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management which arguably can be seen as a sensible move in order to fill his deep pockets even further.

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