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A Sneak Peek at the Wealthiest Golfers

2.46am 4th May 2012 - People

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 published in a special supplement free with The Sunday Times this weekend (6 May)

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. 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.

The Sunday Times Sport Rich List 2012: The Richest Golfers

Golferrank2012Name2012 wealth2011 wealth
1Sir Nick Faldo£34m£32m
2Padraig Harrington£33m£32m
3Colin Montgomerie£28m£25m
4=Luke Donald£25m£19m
4=Lee Westwood£25m£31m
6=Ian Poulter£20m£18m
6=Ian Woosnam£20m£20m
8Darren Clarke£15m£21m
9=Paul Casey£14m£14m
9=Justin Rose£14m£10m
11Graeme McDowell£12m£10m
12Rory Mcllroy£11m£7m

The third annual Sunday Times Sport Rich List is published in a special supplement this weekend, 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.

The Sunday Times Rich List was published on 29 April and can be viewed online at http://thesundaytimes.co.uk/richlist.  The richest sportsmen and women will appear in The Sunday Times Sport Rich List 2012 on May 6. The Richest 2,000 people in Britain will be available online from 13 May.

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