Rory McIlroy predicted to earn $309 MILLION in future career value

According to a Duff & Phelps study, McIlroy will top the future career value table, while England’s Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, and Matthew Fitzpatrick also rank in top 20 of world’s top professional golf earners.

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Fri, 13 Nov 2020

Duff & Phelps, the world’s premier provider of governance, risk and transparency solutions, released its inaugural report, Measuring Their Shot: A Study of Professional Golfers’ Future Career Value, which ranks male professional golfers by their expected future earnings. The study looked at the present value of potential winnings and endorsement income that could be achieved over the remaining years of their careers through age 50.

The aggregate Future Career Value (FCV) of the top 10 players reaches USD $1.9 billion, with Rory Mcllroy taking the number one spot at USD $309 million.

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England’s Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick also rank within the top 20 in FCV. 

Future Career Value Leaderboard - Top 23

1 - Rory McIlroy - $309 million
2 - Justin Thomas - $239 million

3 - Tiger Woods -  $202 million
4 - Jon Rahm - $201 million
5 - Xander Schauffele - $197 million
6 - Dustin Johnson - $180 million
7 - Brooks Koepka - $159 million

8 - Bryson DeChambeau - $146 million
9 - Matthew Wolff - $140 million
10 - Patrick Reed - $120 million
11 - Webb Simpson - $118 million
12 - Collin Morikawa - $117 million
13 - Patrick Cantlay - $113 million
14 - Justin Rose - $108 million
15 - Tony Finau - $105 million
16 - Tyrrell Hatton - $100 million
17 - Sungjae Im - $98 million
18 - Rickie Fowler - $96 million
19 - Matthew Fitzpatrick - $93 million
20 - Joaquin Niemann - $89 million
21 - Tommy Fleetwood - $86 million
22 - Hideki Matsuyama - $84 million
23 - Shane Lowry - $78 million

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Duff & Phelps’ top 10 FCV ranking closely aligns with the top 10 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of September 27, 2020. One exception was Tiger Woods, who, factoring in his highly lucrative endorsement levels, claims a top 10 spot despite falling out of the top 10 in the OWGR this year. 

Michael Weaver, Managing Director and Head of Valuation Advisory EMEA at Duff & Phelps, said:

“Our inaugural study has shown that early success may be a strong predictor for achieving a higher Future Career Value, though those realising tour success later in their careers can also have staying power. With the average age of the players on our leaderboard at just 30 years old, we’ve highlighted some of the up and coming golfers who have the potential to generate decades of winnings and endorsements in the future.”

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