FORGET Tiger Woods, this Maverick McNeely can claim the title of richest golfer in the PGA Tour.
25-year-old Californian the is the heir to an astonishing fortune of £ 800 million that he must inherit from his father, businessman Scott McNealy.
By comparison, Woods is worth about £ 700 million.
Maverick, who has earned £ 1.8 million in his career, is also dating American golf star Daniela Kang.
But the world of golf is not their novel, but Maverick’s father, who holds the headlines.
Back in 2018, Scott put up for sale a family home – a 20-room mansion in Silicon Valley worth 72 million pounds.
Not finding those who take, he reduced the price by 36 million pounds back in January last year.
GOLF OR BUSINESS?
Maverick was born in the Portola Valley, California, where house prices are among the highest in America and the average income is £ 350,000 a year.
He grew up playing golf, but didn’t always intend to become a professional. Instead, he waited follow in his father’s footsteps in business.
In 2018, he graduated from Stanford, one of America’s largest universities, with a degree in management science and technology.
But by then he was already set up to join the PGA Tour.
Three years earlier, Maverick had scored 61 in the final round of the Pac-12 conference tournament, comparing Stanford’s 18-hole record held by Tiger Woods and Cameron Wilson.
Maverick, of course, is not for money.
He told Golf Digest “My dad often tells me that the most well-funded startups always fail, and that a short money runway ignites a fire under your rear that is hard to emulate.
“I don’t judge my success in golf by how much money I’ve earned, but by my efforts and dedication.”
DAD MADE A COUP
Maverick’s father Scott himself was an avid golfer.
However, in 1982 he gave up golf and co-founded Sun Microsystems, a computer technology company, with Vinod Hosla, Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim.
In 2010, he resigned as CEO – the company was sold for a staggering £ 5 billion.
However, despite his wealth, he made sure that Maverick (and his three other sons) understood the value of money and they were never spoiled.
Maverick said, “My brothers and I have never received help, and we have been told that once we graduate from college, we will have one summer to find work, and then we will be on our own.
“My dad would make me pay rent to live at home after school – I’m not kidding!”
THE RENT WAS EXPENSIVE
Had Maverick stayed home, it would have cost him a few beans, because the family home was once valued at £ 72 million.
The 28,000-square-foot mansion in Pala Alta has 20 rooms on four levels.
Inside was an amazing room of 4,700 square feet that had its own locker room.
It had its own skating rink, golf course, basketball court, tennis court, climbing wall, swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi.
And for dinner you could stay in the “pizza”. That’s right, a whole room where you can cook pizza.
LOVE IN THE AIR
Although living in a palace would be a dream, Maverick has his own home in Las Vegas, where property is more affordable.
And he lives with LPGA Tour star Daniel Kang, with whom he has been dating since 2019.
The 28-year-old Kahn, ranked 5th in the world, has already earned over £ 4 million in his career.
She is also not afraid to pass advice to Maverick when his game went to the pot.
In fact, after the third 73rd round at the Houston Open in 2019, she immediately called to tell him where he was wrong.
The next day he shot 7 to 65, which included a stretch of five consecutive birds.
Next, McNeely will compete in the USPGA Championship, which starts on May 19.