Notebook: McIlroy atop list of money won by any player anywhere in 2012

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy racked up more than $11 million in earnings from his on-course activities alone in 2012.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Rory McIlroy is atop the world money list published each year in the ''The World of Professional Golf,'' the comprehensive golf annual that was started by IMG founder Mark McCormack. The list includes money earned from every golf tournament, even unofficial events such as the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

McIlroy's five wins included the PGA Championship and two FedExCup playoff events. He finished with $11,301,228.

Justin Rose was No. 2 with $7,897,818, even though he won only once on the PGA Tour at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Rose also won the Turkish Airways World Golf Final, the medal-match exhibition that attracted a world-class field of eight players. Rose beat Lee Westwood in the final match to earn $1.5 million.

Tiger Woods, with three wins, was at No. 3 with $7,388,061. He was followed by Luke Donald (three wins) and Louis Oosthuizen (two wins).

Rounding out the top 10 were Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Westwood, Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley. Watson (Masters) and Bradley (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) were the only players in the top 10 who had only one win last year.

LATE ARRIVAL TO DEATH VALLEY: Kyle Stanley grew up in Washington state and now bleeds orange after playing golf at Clemson. So imagine the surprise when he revealed Tuesday that he went to his first Clemson game this year when the Tigers played rival South Carolina.

First game this year? No, first game ever.

''I just never wanted to take a day off,'' Stanley said, who thus gave new meaning to the phrase ''strong work ethic.'' That's right -- all those years at Clemson, and he was pounding golf balls on Saturday.

Safe to say Lucas Glover never fell into that trap.

As for the game?

''We're sitting up there in the stands and I started thinking, 'Man, this is kind of fun,''' Stanley said.

GMAC JOINS RBC: Graeme McDowell has entered into an endorsement deal with the Royal Bank of Canada, and will play in this year's RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

"Excited to be part of the @RBC_Golf family. Doing great things in golf globally. Adding RBC Heritage and RBC Candian Open to my 2013 sched," he wrote on the social networking site Twitter.

The 2013 RBC Heritage will take place at Hilton Head from April 15-21 -- the week after the Masters -- while the Canadian Open will run from July 22-28 -- a week after the British Open -- at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

McDowell doesn't have the best of records at Hilton Head as he finished tied for 70th in 2005, missed the cut in 2006 and was tied 61st in 2011. He tied for 46th at the Canadian Open in 2002.

GOLF DIGEST LIST: Pine Valley is back to No. 1 in Golf Digest magazine's biennial list of the top 100 courses in the world. The private club in southern New Jersey, designed by George Crump and Harry Colt, had been replaced in the previous list by Augusta National, which this year is No. 2.

The top five remained the same, though there was some reshuffling. Cypress Point went from No. 5 to No. 3, Shinnecock Hills went from No. 3 to No. 4, and Oakmont dropped from No. 4 to No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10 were Merion (East), site of this year's U.S. Open; Pebble Beach, Winged Foot (West), Sand Hills and Fishers Island Club, which was the only newcomer to the top 10 for the 2013 list. Fishers Island replaces National Golf Links, which slipped one spot to No. 11.

Oak Hill, which will host the PGA Championship this year, moved up four spots to No. 17.

DIVOTS: K.J. Choi offered to fly to Maui to take part in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions pro-am because a few extra players were required to fill out the 30-man field. Korean-based Hyundai is the tournament sponsor. Jerry Kelly also is playing in the pro-am. He flew in from Wisconsin, and that much was clear Monday when he unzipped his golf bag and removed hand warmers. ... Paul Tesori, the caddie for U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, had shoulder surgery and did not make the trip to Kapalua. Simpson instead is using Adam Hayes, who usually works for Jonathan Byrd. He has time on his hands because Byrd had surgery on his left wrist during the offseason and is not expected to return until the Florida Swing. ... Rickie Fowler will hit the opening tee shot of the 2013 season, in the first group at Kapalua with Jason Dufner. In the penultimate group is Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson, which should come in handy when Golf Channel unveils a ''yardage line'' that looks similar to the yellow first-down line in football telecasts. This will measure drives on the downhill 18th hole at Kapalua.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Americans and Europeans account for 40 of the top 50 players in the world ranking.

FINAL WORD: ''I sit here very humbled and very proud of the position I sit in here, very much so.'' -- Colin Montgomerie, on being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.


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