Rory McIlroy Moves Ahead on PGA Tour’s Money List With Wells Fargo Championship Victory

Published 05/10/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy poses with the winnerÕs trophy at the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


Rory McIlroy was at his absolute best at the Wells Fargo Championship 2021. The Northern Irishman used his experience to bring up his 19th PGA Tour title on Sunday. McIlroy also leapfrogged a few places on the PGA Tour’s all-time money list with his latest triumph. 

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McIlroy beat Phil Mickelson by four strokes and won his first PGA Tour event at the Quail Hollow Championship in 2010. 11 years later, the Northern Irishman achieved the same feat at the Quail Hollow Club and brought up his third Wells Fargo Championship title. 

Rory McIlroy is now sixth on the PGA Tour’s list of money leaders

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Yes, the PGA Tour maintains a list of the players who’ve won the most prize money in their careers. The official list contains a lot of star-studded names, and Tiger Woods unsurprisingly leads the pack with $120,851,706 in earnings. 

No other player has even crossed the $100 million mark and that should tell you the dominance of Tiger Woods. The second spot is currently held by Phil Mickelson, who’s made $92,451,761 in his PGA Tour career. 

Rory McIlroy has not broken into the Top five yet, but he vaulted two spots with his victory at Wells Fargo Championship. He was eighth on the all-time list before the start of the tournament at Quail Hollow Club but has now jumped to sixth. 

May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy gives a fist bump after securing his third Wells Fargo championship during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

McIlroy ($56,368,517), surpassed Justin Rose ($55,170,585), and Adam Scott ($56,132,227), with his winnings at Wells Fargo. 

Securing the sixth spot on the tour’s all-time money list is impressive indeed. However, Rory McIlroy should make $15M more in career earnings for him to break into the top five. The man above him, Vijay Singh, amassed $71,236,216  in winnings and is now McIlroy’s next target.

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How much did McIlroy win at Wells Fargo Championship 2021?

McIlroy claimed the highest prize at the Wells Fargo Championship 2021. He played his way to a one-stroke victory at the Quail Hollow Club and brought up his first win since November 2019. 

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McIlroy received the winner’s share of $1,458,000 from the $8.1M prize purse. He was also awarded 500 FedExCup points for his effort and is now placed 17th on the standings. Last week he was 51st, but a victory at the Quail Hollow Club has vaulted him several places on the list. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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