FedExCup title the lure for McIlroy, not $10 million

Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:49pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - While the prospect of earning a $10 million bonus after this week's Tour Championship finale is tantalizing, Rory McIlroy says he is much more motivated by the chance to win the PGA Tour's FedExCup trophy for the first time.

The Northern Irish world number one has already enjoyed a brilliant 2014 campaign, clinching two major titles among four wins worldwide, and has now set his sights on claiming playoff honors on the U.S. circuit after a season-long race.

Both the Tour Championship and FedExCup titles are on the line at East Lake Golf Club this week and McIlroy is one of just five players in an elite field of 29 who is automatically guaranteed the overall playoff prize if he wins the tournament.

"I'm not saying that I'm not motivated by the money in any way," McIlroy, who won back-to-back majors this year at the British Open and PGA Championship, told reporters at East Lake on Wednesday on the eve of the PGA Tour's season-ending event.

"It's obviously nice, and I've made a lot of money over the past seven or eight years that I've been on tour. But one of the only things that I haven't achieved in the game of golf is a FedExCup, and that's the real reason I want to win this week.

"I just want to finish the year off well. The money's nice. It's great. $10 million is a lot of money to anyone. But at the same time it's the title that would mean more to me."

Giving McIlroy extra motivation this week is the fact that he narrowly missed out on FedExCup honors two years ago after he had arrived at East Lake heading the point standings following consecutive wins in the four-event playoffs.

McIlroy ended up tying for 10th in that year's Tour Championship, his only previous start in the elite limited-field event, and was edged out by tournament winner Brandt Snedeker in the race for the FedExCup.   Continued...

Sep 6, 2014; Cherry Hills Village, CO, USA; Rory McIlroy drives from 2nd tee during the third round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports