How much money did Rory McIlroy just make himself? With the $1.44 million share of the $7.5 million purse earned by owning the 2011 US Open, McIlroy has joined the PGA Tour's eight-digit club with over $11.1 million in career winnings. And done it in a hurry, too, having turned pro in only 2007. That prize is up from last year's $1.35 million, by the way.
How about the payouts the rest of the rest of the US Open field earned? Runner-up Jason Day earned $865,000, while Robert Garrigus, Kevin Chappell, Y.E. Yang and Lee Westwood each picked up $364,241. Love that single dollar tacked on to the end of each. Head here to see the complete list.
Rory's cut of the purse is nothing compared to the sponsorship money he's likely looking at over the course of the next year, now that he's suddenly among the biggest names in golf. The win also assures McIlroy of an invitation to the other three majors for the next five years and the US Open for the next decade.
Entering the tournament at Congressional he'd earned $605,246 for the year, with his Masters collapse costing him over $1 million. Safe to say he's not thinking about that right now.