Rory McIlroy vs Dustin Johnson Net Worth Comparison: Which Golfer is Richer?

Published 10/16/2021, 12:07 AM EDT
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dustin Johnson of the United States prepare to play form the fourth tee during a practice round prior to The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


More often than not, a successful athlete earns enough to last a lifetime. Of course, this applies to PGA Tour athletes, who earn millions over the course of their careers. Let’s take a look at Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy’s net worth and compare their earnings.

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Interestingly, both icons started their professional career in 2007. Johnson has till now secured 24 PGA Tour wins, while McIlroy has 19 wins to his name. However, McIlroy’s win includes four major titles. Johnson has won two, the 2016 US Open and the 2020 Masters.

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Is Rory McIlroy richer than Dustin?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Johnson is worth $50 million. On the other hand, McIlroy’s net worth is $150 million.

Over the course of his career, McIlroy has earned over $34 million. When he was 22, he earned €10 million on the European Tour, becoming the youngest player to do so.

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA’s Dustin Johnson reacts after holing his putt on the 14th green during the Singles REUTERS/Mike Segar

Back in 2018, the 32-year-old made $40 million from salaries and endorsements. While pocketing the same amount the next year, McIlroy and NBC Sports came together to launch GolfPass, a digital service that will help golfers improve their game.

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In 2020, he apparently earned $50 million and was on the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list in 2020 (dropped off in 2021).

The Northern Island-native won the FedEx Cup in 2019, which earned him a record-breaking $15 million. As per Forbes, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the only two players earning more than McIlroy off the course.

His contracts with Nike and TaylorMade could be considered a highlight in his career earnings. In 2017, McIlroy signed a 10-year $200 million deal with Nike. However, as Nike stopped making golf equipment, so McIlroy switched to a $100 million endorsement deal with TaylorMade.

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Rory McIlroy of Europe reacts during the afternoon foursome matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Can Dustin Johnson increase his net worth?

In comparison to McIlroy, Johnson has earned $70 million during his PGA Tour career. In fact, the 37-year-old can be considered the third-highest-earning golfer after Woods and Mickelson. However, since the FedEx Cup money is not counted in the PGA Tour earnings, he is the fifth highest-earning golfer.

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Some of Johnson’s investment includes his real estate. In 2017, he apparently bought a property in Florida’s Harbour Isle area worth around $2.9 million. However, sometime later, the house was up for sale for $4.5 million.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 08: Rory McIlroy (R) of Northern Ireland and Dustin Johnson of the United States walk during a practice round prior to The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Johnson also has a partnership with Perfect Practice, a mat maker which he signed in 2020. Additionally, he also extended his deal with TaylorMade in January 2021. The details of the multi-year deal, however, are not revealed.

While the South Carolina-born golfer’s net worth is lower than McIlroy’s, some good investment and a few more wins will surely bring to the same level as his compatriot, flamboyantly speaking.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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