Rory McIlroy has been the loudest voice off the course this yr in help of the PGA Tour as different golfers defected for the LIV Golf startup. On Sunday, he delivered on the course with a 66 for a comeback win to seize the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title, which carries an $18 million payout.
It was the third FedEx crown for McIlroy because the playoff launched in 2007—Tiger Woods is the one different golfer with two wins. The $18 million prize, up from $15 million final yr, pushed his earnings for the 2021-22 golf season to $26.7 million, a report one-year tally for any participant.
“I imagine within the recreation of golf. I imagine on this tour, specifically. I imagine within the gamers on this tour,” McIlroy stated through the trophy presentation. “It’s the best place on this planet to play golf, bar none, and I’ve performed throughout.”
McIlroy held the earlier report for one-year payout together with his $22.8 million in 2019 throughout his final FedEx win (he additionally received in 2016.) Patrick Cantlay earned $22.6 million in 2021 when he was the FedEx champion.
Scottie Scheffler began the ultimate spherical of the Tour Championship with a six-stroke lead however shot a 73 and completed in a tie for second with Sungjae Im. It was nonetheless a yr to recollect for the No. 1 participant within the World Golf Rankings. Scheffler began 2022 and not using a Tour victory on his resume however received 4 instances, together with the Masters. His $14 million in prize cash shattered the earlier single-season excessive, excluding FedEx bonuses.
Scheffler and Im each earned $6.5 million from this yr’s $75 million FedEx bonus pool. Xander Schauffele earned $4 million, whereas Max Homa and Justin Thomas banked $2.75 million every for his or her tie for fifth on the Tour Championship.
McIlroy ranks fifth on the PGA Tour profession cash record with $66.2 million (Woods is first at $120.9 million). The tally doesn’t embrace his FedEx bonuses that are $50.4 million, $22 million forward of second-place Woods.
McIlroy completed second in Sportico’s 2022 take a look at the world’s highest-paid golfers with $38.4 million. It was compiled earlier than LIV opened its checkbook with nine-figure signing bonuses for a few of golf’s hottest gamers. McIlroy signed a multiyear extension this yr together with his membership and ball sponsor, TaylorMade. Their partnership began in 2017.
McIlroy and Woods introduced a brand new enterprise this week, TMRW Sports activities, together with its first undertaking, TGL, a brand new golf league that can kick off in 2024. It’ll characteristic six groups of three PGA Tour gamers competing in an area in primetime on Monday nights.
Along with McIlroy and Woods, TMRW traders embrace former Golf Channel CEO, Mike McCarley, who will function TMRW CEO, NBC Sports activities government Dick Ebersol, former Goldman Sachs companion and NFL EVP Eric Grubman, Dynasty Fairness co-founder Don Cornwell, and former NHL COO John Collins.