Thursday 17 January 2019

McIlroy's eyes on prize not the purse

THERE are six million reasons to want to win the FedEx Cup title, but Rory McIlroy insists he needs just one.

"The money is great but at the same time it's the title that would mean more to me," said McIlroy ahead of this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The 25-year-old is one of five players who know victory at East Lake would also see them secure the overall FedEx Cup title won by Sweden's Henrik Stenson last year, and with it a £6million bonus.

"It's good being in the top five, you know what you need to do," said McIlroy, who is fourth in the standings behind Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson. Hunter Mahan is fifth.

"You need to win and that takes care of everything. Being in the top five was important coming in, I would have liked to be a bit higher on the list but haven't played well enough over the past few weeks."

McIlroy won his fourth major title, and third tournament in succession in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, and has finished 22nd, fifth and eighth in the first three play-offs.

"I don't think it (the money) will make me any more nervous on the golf course on Sunday. Ten million (dollars) is a lot of money to anyone and if I'm thinking of getting myself something or whatever it's a nice bit of extra money to have.

"I'm not saying I am motivated by the money in any way. It's obviously nice and I have made a lot of money over the past seven or eight years, but it (winning the FedEx) is one of the only things that I have not achieved in the game of golf and that's the real reason I want to win this week."

In theory all 29 players at East Lake - Dustin Johnson qualified but is taking a leave of absence - have the chance to win the overall title. But only those in the top five control their own destiny and can emulate Stenson.

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