Rory McIlroy prizemoney now less than that of Scottie Scheffler's caddie in 2024

Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy
Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy -Credit:Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Scottie Scheffler looks like he is beginning to dominate the golfing world and there are a number of frightening statistics following his latest win.

The American star made it four wins in five starts with a rain-delayed victory at the RBC Heritage, a week on from his triumph at the Masters. The 27-year-old is the first player to win a PGA Tour event the week after claiming the Green Jacket since Bernhard Langer in 1985.

Scheffler returned to Hilton Head on Monday morning holding a five-stroke lead with three holes to play after a storm halted proceedings on Sunday.

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Scheffler dropped a shot at the last but still finished on 20 under to complete a four-shot victory over fellow American Sahith Theegala.

Rory McIlroy carded a final-round 74 to slip down to a tie for 33rd. That was enough to earn the Holywood man $106,667. For context on the stakes at such events, one shot more would have brought in over $30k extra for McIlroy.

Scheffler' claimed a staggering $3.6million at the RBC Heritage so with his caddie reckoned to be on the traditional 10% pay mark, it means Ted Scott has earned another $360,000.

That prizemoney was actually $100,000 more than Scheffler had earned for winning the Masters last week at Augusta. He has won both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship as well this season.

Most caddies earn 10% for a win, 7% for a top 10 finish & 5% for all other finishes.

It means Scott's earnings for this season alone are now just over $1.8m. For context, McIlroy has earned $1.7m this season. Scheffler has topped the PGA Tour prize money list for the last two years.

He is now miles clear at the top of the golf world rankings. Indeed the margin between Scheffler at the top and McIlroy in second place is now wider than the gap between the Northern Irishman and Tiger Woods back in 784th place in the rankings.

Each of Scheffler’s last seven wins have come with at least eight of the world’s top 10 in the field and he is the third player in the last 30 years – after Woods and Vijay Singh – to win or finish runner-up in five consecutive starts on the PGA Tour.

“I was able to go home for a couple days and celebrate,” Scheffler said.

“I didn’t really put much thought into it. I had committed to playing the tournament here, it was part of the plan, so we stuck to the plan.

“I talked about it at the beginning of the week – I didn’t show up here just to have some sort of ceremony and have people tell me congratulations. I came here with a purpose, got off to a slow start but after that played some really nice golf.

“I do have fairly high expectations for myself and when I show up at tournaments, I try to do my best.

“I’ve talked a lot about kind of the preparation and what it takes for me to show up on a first tee ready to go, and I feel like I’ve been putting in the work and been playing some good golf, and it’s nice to be seeing some results for that with wins.

“On the course, I think the last month or so I’ve been as good mentally as I have in a long time and I think that’s why I am seeing some of the results.

“This week could be a good example of starting off and looking at the leaderboard on Thursday and everybody is just making birdie after birdie and I’m sitting there over par and I’ve had a shank on the day.

“I just did my best to stay patient and wait until I got hot.

“Had a nice finish to the round on Thursday and then had a really solid Friday where I felt like I played better than I scored, and then I had Saturday where I just played some really good golf.”

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