ATLANTA – Earlier this week at East Lake, Rory McIlroy caused a few double-takes when he said $10 million “doesn't sort of mean much to me anymore.”
On Thursday after an opening 66 left him tied for third place at the Tour Championship, he clarified his comments, pointing out that when he was growing up his parents earned a combined $50,000 a year and that money has never motivated him.
“I would feel more pressure if it was to win a tournament or if it was to beat this player,” McIlroy said. “I would be way more nervous over a putt to beat Tiger Woods for a dollar than I would over a putt for $10 million. It’s just never been that much of a motivating factor for me.”
McIlroy began this week’s finale 11th on the FedEx Cup point list and needs a combination of factors, including a victory on Sunday, to claim the season-long race.