Luke Donald pulled off what some said was one of golf’s most astounding feats last year: winning the money title on both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour. Now, Rory McIlroy has his eyes set on duplicating the feat.
And the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland is in firm control of the top spot on both money lists. Entering this week’s BMW Masters in Shanghai, he held a lead of about 450,000 Euros over Justin Rose. With McIlroy currently in second place after the second round at the BMW Masters, he will only add to his lead. There’s only a month to go until Dubai.
McIlroy is a lock on the PGA’s money list. He currently leads Tiger Woods by almost two million dollars. With only the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic remaining on the PGA schedule, it is a foregone conclusion. What is astonishing is that we can ask how much would Rory have won had he cashed in at East Lake? Almost scary. Brandt Snedeker won a little over $1.4 million for his win while Rory got a check for not quite $206,000. Add the difference to his shade over $8 million, and you’re looking at a whopping $9.2 million he would have made.
Although I’m sure he won’t complain about the $8+ million…
All Rors must do is negotiate the remaining European Tour schedule and perform well at Dubai. That may sound easy, and considering the late-season “rally” McIlroy has mounted, some would view it as easy.
Recall when we were wondering what was wrong with Rory? He had missed the cut in three consecutive tournaments. He posted MCs at The Players (PGA), The Memorial (PGA) and the BMW PGA Championship (ET). The word trickling out was that his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki was “interfering” with his game.
It did take him a little time to get back on track. A T7 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic seemingly righted the ship, then Rors missed the cut at the US Open and posted a lowly T60 at The Open Championship. Since then, his worst finish was a T24 at The Barclays, the first leg of the PGA TOUR Playoffs and his only finish outside the top 10 in any tournament since The Open. He has notched Three wins in the same time span including another major when he captured the PGA Championship.
This week appears to be work as usual for McIlroy. We’re getting used to seeinng his name close to the top, if not on top, of any leaderboard.
We marveled at what Luke Donald pulled off last year. Yes, Donald’s dual feat may have been a little more impressive considering he had to win his final tournament and there was this issue with his wifr expecting. We cannot sell McIlroy’s efforts short. Even with a “floundering game” in May and June, Rory has found his swing again.
And the rest of the golf world is bearing witness to what Rory on a roll can do.