When you’ve won four golf majors by the time you reach 25, there’s a good chance you’re swinging the clubs in the right direction — and wracking up some real hefty cash.
Well that’s what super kid Rory McIlroy achieved. Apparently, when he was just two-years-old, he hit a 40-yard drive, which is impressive in itself. For his parents it must have been like a crystal ball into the potential successes of their son’s future. Probably a good job too; his father reportedly worked like a horse to ensure he earned enough money to help develop Rory’s career. His mother also apparently worked extra shifts to support her son’s golf obsession.
Mcllroy — who is a long-term supporter of Manchester United FC — pestered his father all the time to take him to Holywood (Ireland) Golf course. There are lots of family tales about how Rory’s golf obsession. One that sprints to mind is that Rory took his first golf club to bed with him. How true that is is anyone’s guess.
McIlroy senior was also a golfer himself who played off scratch, and so as well as investing money into Rory’s golf, he also invested a lot of time coaching him. Not a bad investment aye. No doubt Rory has more than handsomely paid back his parents. Last year alone, Rory earned a reported $24.3 million, $20 million of which is prize money — the rest was for endorsements. His net worth however, is a massive $200 million. Let’s hope he pays for the Christmas turkey these days.
After McIlroy joined Holywood Golf Club, becoming its youngest member, he went on to win his first significant tournament at the World Championship for 9–10-year-olds at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Florida. And despite his multiple major tournament wins in his lucrative career, there’s something very earthy about the Northern Irishman.
No finer example of this can be found when looking back to when he almost missed his tee time at the Ryder Cup 2012, because he overslept and only just made it out of bed in time.
The 26-year-old MBE has won it all and his talents know no boundaries, he is a record-setter and a born winner. He spent 95 weeks on the Official World Golf Ranking as top dog; he is four-time major champion, and winner of the 2011 U.S Open were he recorded the lowest score with under par by 16.
He makes headlines quite easily too, as you’d expect for a charismatic young successful sports star. He recently told fellow golf star and friend Tiger Woods (who posted a photo of himself on Twitter wearing shorts): ’While you're on your feet, do a few calf raises would ya?’. It’s all good natured though with this fine star.