McIlroy: $10m means nothing, Day is 'Spieth and Rory baby'

Rory McIlroy says money has lost value, Jason Day on golf's current big three

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015

Rory impervious to FedEx Cup treasure

Rory McIlroy said the $10m bonus that comes with winning the FedEx Cup "doesn't mean much" to him. 

The world number two would win the season-ending play-off series with victory in this week's Tour Championship at East Lake. 

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“Luckily, that amount of money doesn’t sort of mean much to me anymore,” he said. “I don’t know when it stopped. I could say January 2013 for obvious reasons, but probably before that.”

Rory McIlroy swing sequence

The 26-year-old is referring to the date he signed with Nike Golf for a reported $200m, but it hasn't always been this way for the four-time major champion.

After coming third in the 2007 Dunhill Links, shortly after turning professional, the youngster was delighted to see some money in the bank. 

“I went to get money out of the ATM the week after and the check had obviously been put in. I checked my balance and it was $299,105,” he smiled. “I went straight to the store and bought that watch.”

When asked what he has learned this year, McIlroy said: "Don't play football in the middle of the season."

Day is Spieth and McIlroy lovechild

Jason Day likened himself to the baby born of a liaison between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth when asked to compare himself to golf's original Big Three.

The new world number one was quizzed on which of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player he most resembled.

"I would like to say I'm a mix of all three," said Day ahead of the Tour Championship at East Lake near Atlanta.

"That would be really good. If we had to put it in words these days it's like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had a baby and I was it."

Jason Day: swing sequence

Day's lifelong goal was to become world number one, but the 27-year-old confessed the reality has been underwhelming. 

“It doesn’t feel like much at all. To be honest, it really doesn’t,” said the Australian. “It’s not like that one big shining moment or one big sense of relief that, 'oh, I’ve done it now.'"

Day, who would win the overall FedEx Cup with victory at the Tour Championship, did admit he has captured the moment for future reference.

“I took a screen shot on my phone,” he said. “Just in case I ever have to tell Dash (his son) at one point, ‘Yeah, your old man was the best in the world at one point.'”

Spieth motivated by new world number one

Jordan Spieth is not enjoying Jason Day's domination of golf and said the new world number one is motivating him to become better.

Spieth has had a front row seat as Day surged up the rankings, being paired with the Australian 10 times since the US Open at the end of June. 

“I mean he destroyed my score in those rounds,” Spieth lamented.

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The duo will head out together once more at East Lake, with Rickie Fowler completing their group for the opening rounds. 

“It is very motivating, because my personality I don’t like getting beat in anything and I’m very stubborn,” Spieth said. “When it’s not fun it motivates me.”

Dougherty calls for golf in schools

Sky Sports Ambassador Nick Dougherty has stressed the importance of bringing golf into schools.

The three-time European Tour winner has been conducting masterclasses, teaching students new skills and techniques to help them enjoy the game more.

"It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm for the game of golf, and hopefully with the British Masters back on the schedule these kids will have even more reason to be passionate about the sport," he said.

"Golf has given me so many fantastic life experiences, it's a privilege to be able to give something back and hopefully inspire the next generation to play the game."

The British Masters returns on 8-11 October, with Ian Poulter hosting at Woburn.

 

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