Rory McIlroy played three wonderful rounds out of four this week. In the end he ran away with the PGA Championship by a tournament record eight strokes (13-under to runner up David Lynn's -5).
As such he earned himself quite the financial haul. His total victory purse, as published by ESPN, is $1,445,000.
McIlroy entered the week at the Ocean Course of Kiawah, South Carolina No. 7 in the 2012 PGA money list. His total earnings for golf finishes was $3,460,492.
The major championship victory put McIlroy at $4,905,492, good for second place in the 2012 PGA money list, approximately $52,000 behind No. 1 Tiger Woods ($4,957,159).
Though the win was never in serious question Sunday, McIlroy avoided losing approximately $600,000 by pulling away with the tournament title.
More importantly he captured his second major championship and reminded golf fans and fellow competitors that he is a guy to watch for the next couple decades, assuming he can repeat what he's been doing the first couple of years of his career.
The money list isn't even about money, it's about prestige and power. The winner of the PGA Tour's money list gets a unique title, one that few can claim.
McIlroy is now in serious contention to finish 2012 with that title. That may be almost as impressive as his victory at Kiawah.