McIlory’s Year By The Numbers

And you wonder why golfers turn professional and then decide to settle for a “club” job! Maybe ask former world number one Rory McIlroy and you’ll get some answers.

That’s because the popular Northern Irishman has spent an incredible 287 nights in motels in the past year.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

And if living out if a suitcase does happen to appeal to you then maybe the 201 media interviews McIlroy conducted might not.

Or having your sleeve tugged each and every day as you go about signing no less than 6,350 autographs during the year.

Oh sure, there is an upside.

After all, the four-time major champion did bank $5,572,863 during the year as well.

Which goes a long way towards easing the pain of 6,800 press-ups, 6,320 pull-ups, cycling the equivalent of 643 kilometres, jogging 1036 kms, swimming 3,300 lengths and spending an amazing 6,720 minutes stretching before actually playing golf.

Still not convinced?

Besides all those nights in hotels, McIlroy went in and out of 118 airports, spent 350 hours in the air (and he admits to sleeping for 165 hours of those) and had the grand total of just 18 days off – aside from his injury-enforced ‘spell’ during the British Open.

When he did get to the golf course, McIlroy walked an impressive 1500 kms completing his rounds and, at his best, hit his fastest drive hit 302km-h.

No wonder they call McIlroy an ornament to the game.

By the way, he did apologise for throwing one golf club into the water – his only indiscretion for a year on tour when for once he lost his patience.

He copped a fine for that but was quick to suggest it would have been a lot more had he not said he was sorry.