Rory McIlroy donated a staggering amount of money to charity last year

Good guy Rory McIlroy. He’s definitely earned some good karma for this one and, hopefully, some new fans too.

Rory, whose foundation’s mission is to “support children’s charities big and small around the world,” is an increasingly active philanthropist. I spoke with him about it at Yankees Stadium for a charity event back in August, where he described the lessons he learned from a 14 year-old cancer survivor:

“I’ve spent a lot of time with kids in similar positions and I always learn the values of perseverance, believing, fighting, staying positive. It’s inspiring to see someone come through a battle like that and be as successful as she has been since, it’s incredible. Even for someone like me, who’s been able to be successful with what I’ve done, to see someone come through a battle like that, it’s 100 times harder than anything I’ve had to experience in my life.”

And now, the Irish Times found something rather cool after sifting through the most recent financial accounts for Rory’s foundation.

In 2016, McIlroy donated $1,142,906 (by today’s exchange rate) to his foundation, including the entirety of his winnings from his victory at the Irish Open. His foundation, in turn, donated a total of $1.5 million to a variety of charities in the UK and Ireland.

Speaking about it after the Irish Open:

“It all just sort of hit me. I had a little bit of time on the green when Russell and Danny were finishing out, and I was trying to hold back the tears then. You know, golf-wise this week, it’s obviously very important to me but the work that we’ve put into this tournament and the work that we’ve put into the foundation, and the people that we are going help from this week. I mean, we’ve already raised over half a million Euros going into today for the three chosen charities, and then all the winnings go towards that, as well, so we’ve broken the million Euro mark this week, which is absolutely incredible. I don’t usually get emotional about golf or about wins, but this one, it means just a little bit more, because it’s not just for myself. It’s for a lot of other people. Yeah, it’s a day I’ll not forget for awhile.”

Rory’s personal donation accounts for almost half of all his on-course winnings from the European Tour that year (though he also collected about $15 million in PGA Tour money in 2016) and the bulk of his foundation’s giving in 2016.

In any case, it’s a heart-warming act of philanthropy. Bravo, Rory!

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4hr agoLOUISVILLE, KY – AUGUST 05: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses for photo in the Omega Exhibition during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 461915287 ORIG FILE ID: 453213898

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