There were no big wins for Irish golfers in 2021 but there was still plenty of joy to be had.
Despite a brief slip outside the world top 10, Rory McIlroy won twice in 2021.
Shane Lowry was not as lucky but did string a number of top performances.
Here is how the two lads shaped up.
Being held to high standards is difficult, Rory McIlroy would know.
The Hollywood golfer is already one of the greats of the game but despite two wins, it will be deemed as an off year for McIlroy as he failed to scoop another major.
But it was not all doom and gloom,
McIlroy scooped a grand total of €3.89m on the PGA Tour for the 2021 season, although that figure does include a number of events that started in 2020, but his figure was boosted by his win at the Wells Fargo Championship.
He also again returned to winning ways with victory at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas as he scooped up an extra €1.55m and made money on the European Tour, now the DP World Tour, adding a cool €676,000 to his bank account.
Between all that, Rory McIlroy netted a cool €6.1m approximately from his playing results and that figure does not factor in endorsements.
McIlroy ended the year number nine in the world golf rankings,
Although it was a winless year for Shane Lowry, there were plenty of bright spots.
The Offaly man finished 8th at TPC Sawgrass and 4th at the PGA Championship.
Lowry snatched a tidy €2.1m on the PGA Tour.
And like McIlroy, Lowry was able to earn some extra cash on the European Tour.
Lowry then earned an extra €511,000 on the tour.
His earnings brought his total for the year up to an approximate €2.61m.
Lowry finished the year ranked 44.
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