In golf, sometimes it seems as if there isn’t a juicy controversy raging, we’ll just make one up.
I’m still scratching my head about the reaction to Rory McIlroy saying that the jackpot for winning the FedEx Cup wasn’t his main motivation.
“Luckily, that amount of money doesn’t sort of mean much to me anymore. So, no. I mean it’s not a — it will go in the bank and if I want to buy something nice, I will. It’s not really anything that — I mean like it’s nice to think that you could win 10 million dollars this week, but that’s not what excites me. It excites me to play well and to try and win,” said McIlroy.
“And the FedExCup is something that — 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,” he added.
Critics felt McIlroy was becoming jaded with all the money he’s won already, while others figured it was some sort of snub of the loot put up for the event, but I can’t for any reason think of a reason he would do that.
The only thing I took from his original comment, before he felt it necessary to clarify, was that he is competitive and all about winning tournaments and not the money that goes along with it.
Take care of one and you’ve got the other.
Imagine a golfer saying he has a competitive side and a focus on winning. As much as the media complain about pat answers, they don’t seem ready when the answer they were expecting isn’t the one they get.
The one they got, I thought, was refreshing.
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