McIlroy: We know we’re very fortunate
There is more than $10 million on offer at this week's Tour Championship, but Rory McIlroy has admitted that the money isn't a driving force for him as it won't make that much of a difference.
It's a payday that would have most people dreaming of a different kind of life, a life of luxury that they can't currently afford, but for the world's top golfers such as McIlroy, they've already walked away with enough prize money to secure that life.
Speaking ahead of this week's event at East Lake, McIlroy admitted that the desire to win titles, not money is what drives him.
“Luckily, that amount of money doesn't sort of mean much to me anymore,” he said.
“It will go in the bank and if I want to buy something nice, I will. I mean, like, it's nice to think that you could win $10 million this week, but that's not what excites me.
"It excites me to play well and to try and win. And the FedExCup is… one of the only things that I haven't put on my golf CV and that would be more exciting to do that rather than walk away with a cheque."
It hasn't always been that way for McIlroy, and the Ulsterman insists that golf's elite are aware of how lucky they are to be making such big numbers.
“We're playing for over a million dollars every week. We're in such a fortunate position and I think everyone on Tour realizes that," he said.
"The majority of the guys that are out here know that their kids will be OK, their kids can go to college, their kids will probably be OK as well.
"So to be able to set up the next couple of generations of your family for a nice life, it's very fortunate and very privileged that we're able to do that.”
McIlroy has won more than $28m on the PGA Tour alone, and in 2013 he signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike Golf that was worth a reported $200m.
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