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Rory 'McIl-rich' joins Britains's 100 richest sportsmen with £11m.
May 4, 2012

Rory McIlroy, the 23-year-old Northern Ireland golfer who won the 2011 US Open, has already amassed a fortune worth £11m, according to the third annual Sunday Times Sport Rich List.

McIlroy is one of 12 golfers to feature in The Sunday Times Sport Rich List 2012, which profiles the 100 wealthiest sportsmen in Britain and Ireland, and occupies 12th place among British golfers, just behind his good friend Graeme McDowell.

Last year, McIlroy only featured in the list of wealthy young sportsmen, aged 30 and under, with a £7m fortune. The 2012 Golf Rich List is headed by Sir Nick Faldo, worth £34m, who is estimated to have added £2m to his fortune in the last year, after tax, from television commentary, golf course design and sponsorship deals.

Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke have each seen their golf fortunes fall by £6m after they lost money by jointly buying a 10-seater Challenger 601 jet at the top of the market and selling at the bottom.

Rank Golfer 2012 wealth 2011 wealth
1 Sir Nick Faldo £34m £32m
2 Padraig Harrington £33m £32m
3 Colin Montgomerie £28m £25m
4= Luke Donald £25m £19m
4= Lee Westwood £25m £31m
6= Ian Poulter £20m £18m
6= Ian Woosnam £20m £20m
8 Darren Clarke £15m £21m
9= Paul Casey £14m £14m
9= Justin Rose £14m £10m
11 Graeme McDowell £12m £10m
12 Rory Mcllroy £11m £7m

The third annual Sunday Times Sport Rich List is published in a special supplement this weekend (May 6), which profiles the 100 wealthiest sportsmen in Britain and Ireland and the 40 richest young sportsmen, aged 30 and under. The list is based on identifiable wealth (earnings, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies), and excludes bank accounts (to which the paper has no access).

The Sunday Times Sport Rich List 2012 is compiled by Philip Beresford and Alastair McCall and is edited by Ian Coxon.

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