Not that Tour types are extravagant types. Asked on Saturday what he’d buy to celebrate a FedEx Cup championship and the GDP of a small nation, Nick Watney shrugged, “Don’t know, maybe a car.”
No surprise, following his victory at Torrey Pines last year Watney said he didn’t go on any shopping spree, just banked most of his winnings.
“I save, kind of boring that way,” Watney said. “If I have a TV, an XBox, satellite TV and a comfortable bed I’m good.”
Kevin Streelman, who won last year’s Kodak Challenge and a $1 million bonus, was similarly frugal. He bought a new car, a BMW M3, payed off his Arizona home and invested in his retirement. What else would one expect from a Duke grad?
This time around, to help potential millionaires prepare for the payday of a lifetime, we’ve come up with a shopping list for the handful of players with a legitimate shot at the $10 million.
-For Jim Furyk, No. 11 on the FedEx Cup points list and the third-round leader at 8 under, we’d suggest an extra alarm clock or someone to stand in his room and wake him on time for future pro-ams after an alarm snafu got him disqualified from The Barclays. “Hundreds of people told me that I was going to get alarm clocks for Christmas,” he said. “I heard one person say the over-under was 11 on the alarm clocks. They took the under.”
-For Dustin Johnson, No. 2 and in 27th place, a time machine so he can go back and fix what happened at Whistling Straits and Pebble Beach.
-For Charley Hoffman, No. 3 and alone in seventh, a barber shop, or an entire hair cutting franchise, and his own style consultant.
-For Luke Donald, No. 7 and tied for second place, the entire British Airways flight to Wales Sunday night so he and his family can relax while they travel.
-For Paul Casey, No. 5 and tied for fifth, a blimp that would fly over Celtic Manor next week with a large sign that would read, “Told you so, xoxo Paul.”
-For Phil Mickelson, No. 10 and tied for ninth, an In-N-Out Burger franchise that he can convert entirely to veggie burgers and the rights to outbid Rees Jones on every redesign project on the market.
-For Kevin Na, No. 20 and tied for fifth, someone to play fast for him.
-For Geoff Ogilvy, No. 12 and alone in fourth place, a nanny to help care for his growing family.
-For Matt Kuchar, No. 1 in points and tied for 23rd, we would suggest nothing. What would a man with a smile like that possibly need?