ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy has a chance to win $11.44 million on Sunday – $10 million for the FedEx Cup and $1.44 for the Tour Championship – but don’t expect him to be nervous about the prospect of playing for that much money.
“I'm not sure I ever thought about it that way – about if I had have held that putt, it would have meant another 70 grand,” he explained. “I mean, it's always nice, you know, you draw some money out of the ATM and you've won the week before and you check your balance and it's nice.
“But I mean, I don't think I've ever thought about money on the golf course. I can't say I ever have thought about money on the golf course.”
McIlroy does remember a time – about seven years ago – when he was impressed with his improved bank statement.
“I remember a couple of weeks after I turned pro, I did well at the Dunhill Links, and I checked my bank balance the next week and I was like (impressed). I mean, I'm 18 years old, and most of my friends are just going into their first week at university. I checked my bank balance, I did well. It might have been like 180,000 pounds in there. I was like, oh my goodness. It's crazy to think about now.
“But yeah, you know, I guess growing up and knowing the sacrifices my parents made, I sort of knew the value of money a little bit, and you know, these ridiculous sums that we play for, no matter what happens I'm going to be OK, my family, and hopefully if I have kids one day, they're going to be OK as well, so I don't really have to worry about it too much. The money is obviously nice, but no one at the end of your career remembers how much money you've won. They just remember the titles that you've won.”