Top golfers admit the FedEx Cup becoming more than a rich payday



Dustin Johnson says win would cap off a great season and Paul Casey calls a victory “life changing” for him.

SHOWS:ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 21. 2016)(THE GOLF CHANNEL-SEE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE)

1. DUSTIN JOHNSON ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE

2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DUSTIN JOHNSON SAYING

” “It would definitely cap off a great season,” Johnson told reporters on Wednesday. “I haven’t won the Tour Championship or the FedExCup. It would be two great championships to add to the resume.”

JASON DAY ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JASON DAY SAYING

“I don’t know what I would do with the 10 million. I don’t think i would change much anyways. There wouldn’t be anything that I would go out and buy because I don’t want anything right now. All I want is that trophy. That’s more exciting to me than any other thing that goes along with it. It’s nice that the money is there but I really want the trophy. Thats the main reason because. Like I said before, us professional golfers ‘How much is enough?’ We have the money but not being able to have my name on that trophy..that’s what I want.”

PAUL CASEY ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE

(SOUNDBITE)(English) PAUL CASEY SAYING

“I’m not sure what i made of it when it first appeared and was first created. Without being harsh, I thought it was just about money. This is just a lot of money. Huge amount of money but now in amonst the players that’s not really talked about now. Guys want to win the FedEx Cup and that will only grow as time goes by. It’s still a ridiculous amount of money and for a lot of guys in the field, maybe there’s a few that ir wouldn’t make a difference in their lives that much but for most of the guys in the firld this would be a life changing victory and so for me I’m one of those guys.”

CASEY EXITING NEWS CONFERENCE

STORY: Top seed Dustin Johnson heads five players who control their own destiny as they chase the FedExCup and a $10 million bonus at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta starting on Thursday.

Johnson, fellow American Patrick Reed, Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day and Englishman Paul Casey will clinch the season-long FedExCup points race if they also win the Tour Championship at East Lake on Sunday.

The tournament winner has also claimed the FedExCup in each of the past six years, and all 30 players in this week’s field have a mathematical chance of walking off with the $10 million jackpot, though only the top five seeds are not reliant on the results of others.

World number two Johnson, the hottest player in the game, is favourite after a sizzling campaign that has included a U.S. Open victory and two other wins.

“It would definitely cap off a great season,” Johnson told reporters on Wednesday. “I haven’t won the Tour Championship or the FedExCup. It would be two great championships to add to the resume.”

Johnson has taken his game to another level this year, thanks to a more controlled long game and an improvement in his precision with the wedge, a club he uses a lot due to his prodigious length off the tee.

World number one Day, meanwhile, has struggled at times this season, particularly with his tee shots after cracking his trusty old driver in June.

Though the Australian has piled up career earnings of more than $35 million, not to mention a great deal of off-course income, $10 million is enough to get his attention.

“Put that dollar amount (up for grabs) you get a lot of attention,” Day said, before turning a touch philosophical.

“How much is enough? We all have money but I don’t have my name on the FedEx trophy.”

Casey, meanwhile, charged into fifth place in the FedExCup standings thanks to consecutive runner-up finishes in the last two events.

“I’m not sure what I made of it (The FedEX Cup) when it first appeared and was first created. Without being harsh, I thought it was just about money. This is just a lot of money. Huge amount of money but now in amonst the players that’s not really talked about now. Guys want to win the FedEx Cup and that will only grow as time goes by. It’s still a ridiculous amount of money and for a lot of guys in the field, maybe there’s a few that ir wouldn’t make a difference in their lives that much but for most of the guys in the firld this would be a life changing victory and so for me I’m one of those guys.”

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