Caddie to McIlroy: 'Tsunami' hit bank account

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Although Rory McIlroy is making his 2016-17 season debut this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, the first question he faced in China focused on his last stroke-play start.

McIlroy rallied for a playoff victory at the season-ending Tour Championship, a title that brought with it the FedEx Cup trophy. It meant a sizeable payday for the Ulsterman, to the tune of $11.53 million including FedEx Cup bonus money.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in China, McIlroy confirmed that the money had found its way to his bank account - and that he had been alerted of that fact by caddie J.P. Fitzgerald.

"I knew it was there when J.P., my caddie, gave me a text and said thanks," McIlroy said. "I think his words were, 'A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much.' J.P. got a nice percentage of that, so I knew at that point it was already there."

PGA Tour caddies typically receive 10 percent of the earnings when their player wins, meaning that Fitzgerald's portion was likely a seven-figure "tsunami" - a gesture also made by other recent FedEx Cup champs.