Eight million reasons why Furyk is flying
Jim Furyk was the €8.4 million man as he flew into Cardiff for the Ryder Cup this morning.
But it was so very nearly Luke Donald arriving for the Ryder Cup having scooped golf's biggest jackpot last night.
The last leg of the FedEx Cup play-off series saw Furyk lift the Tour Championship in Atlanta by a single shot from the Englishman.
Both of them had to win the tournament to add the mind-blowing €7.4million cup bonus and the four-week play-offs were heading for a sudden death play-off until Furyk got up and down from a bunker on the final hole.
Donald, who had dramatically chipped in from over 90 feet on the 17th, still earned over €1.4million for finishing third in the overall series.
"Obviously there's a little bit of disappointment," said the 32-year-old, who after a second runner-up finish in three events is still chasing his first victory in the States for more than four and a half years.
"I had a good chance and I'm proud of myself for hanging in, but unfortunately I came up one short.
"I will try and crack that winner's circle soon, but hopefully I can take some of this good golf to the Ryder Cup."
Donald missed the last match after wrist surgery, but was given a wild card this time by Colin Montgomerie.
Paul Casey, the world number seven controversially left out by Europe's captain, still had a chance to deliver the perfect reply with one hole to play at East Lake.
Second place on his own in the tournament would have made Casey the overall FedEx champion, but he had to settle for fourth place.
"I gave it 100pc and there's nothing else I can do," he said.
"The guys who are ahead of me have played tremendous golf and there's not a lot for me to be unhappy about."
Furyk's win was remarkable not for how he played last week -- eight under par was good enough and he bogeyed two of the last three holes -- but for what happened a month ago.
The 40-year-old was disqualified from the opening play-off event for oversleeping and missing his pro-am tee-off time.
But he came back from that, climbed to 11th in the standings with a week to go and took advantage of all the players above him not doing what they had to do in the 30-man finale.
Furyk, shedding tears, said: "What a special year. I've never had a three-win season and this is great icing on the cake."
On the up and down at the last he added: "I nipped it perfect, I heard the roar and knew it was good."