Does FedEx Cup money matter? Duh, yeah

OK, you do get some pretty neat artifacts for winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, as Jordan Spieth can attest. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

OK, you do get some pretty neat artifacts for winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, as Jordan Spieth can attest. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A practical and honest man, Brandt Snedeker was telling a story the other day about the Monday after he won the 2012 FedEx Cup.

Normally, he said, tournament winnings show up in his bank account by 9 on the morning after a tournament’s fourth round. Understandably anxious to check his account after claiming the $10 million bonus, he logged on at 9:05. No money. This vexed him greatly. So much that he put in a call to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

“Tim was gracious enough to take my phone call. He told me: Don’t worry. It will be there. Just relax,” Snedeker recalled. And sure enough, the Tour was good for the money. Two hours later, his account was as overstuffed as a $20 New York deli sandwich.

“You never think it’s going to happen and when it does you don’t quite quantify it. . .It was one of those weird deals – I need to get my head around this and get some planning going forward to make sure I’m not a sob story 30 years down the road of how he lost all this,” Snedeker said.

What made Snedeker’s recollection all the more precious was the fact that here was a PGA Tour player actually admitting that, yeah, the money does matter. That, of course, anyone would be gobsmacked by the prospect of waking up one morning $10 million richer.

For some of the week leading up to this 30-player clambake, we were treated to a litany of comments about how the title is so much more important than the cash. It’s the kind of sentiment we expect from the modern athlete. Something of a cliche, really.

Things like:

“More so than money, I’d much rather have my name on the trophy. That’s just me personally because how much is enough? We all have money but I don’t have my name on the FedEx Cup trophy, and that’s what I really want.” – Jason Day.

“The last thing probably on my mind is that there’s $10 million at stake because, really, I’m playing golf tournaments to win hardware. There are two really good trophies I could win this week, and hopefully I can go out and have a chance late Sunday to do it.” – Patrick Reed.

Just once, I’d love to hear a player say, “Heck, yeah, it’s about the money. You realize what I can do with $10 million? That’s a lifetime supply of gold-plated tees and sable head covers.

“You take the trophy. I can get one made up twice that size. Bigger than that even. So big I can take a bath in it. Every kid who ever played T-ball has a trophy. What every kid doesn’t have is $10 million.”

I’m sorry if this makes me sound crass and capitalistic. I’d rather like to think it makes me sound normal.

Good heavens, if a guy here hits the daily double of winning both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, that’s $11.53 million. Do you realize how many blogs I have to write to make that? (I believe the number, coincidentally, is roughly 11.53 million).

Golfers make way too much money if the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus really means less than a trophy. And I will fully believe their contention the day one of them hoists the lovely cup on the 18th green and declares, “I’m good. I got what I came for. You keep your filthy loot.”

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