Rory McIlroy vows not to let yesterday’s playoff loss at East Lake affect his focus on the RYder Cup, even though it also cost him over €10m in prize money.
“It is disappointing. I feel like the last month of golf has been obviously very good, starting with the PGA [Championship],”
he said after yesterday’s loss to Brandt Snedeker.
“It’s just in these playoffs, you’ve got to play well in nearly every event. I’ve played well in a couple of them….I finished in the top 10 here, but it wasn’t enough.”
Critics of the new PGA points system feel McIlroy deserved to claim the championshpi before even teeing off yesterday but the Ulster man said he won’t dwell on it and is intent on reapplying his focus for next weekend’s Ryder Cup.
“I’m looking forward to meeting up with all the guys. Just to get back into that team atmosphere and team spirit. It should be good fun,” he said.
“I’m just going to go there and enjoy it and try and help team Europe out as much as I can.”
Snedeker walked away from his victory in Atlanta yesterday $11.5 million richer after securing both the tour championship and the FedEx cup.
The Nashville native has stated, however, that for him the lucrative prize bonus wasn’t his motivation. For him it was all about winning.
“As rookies out here, you always look at that money list…wondering what’s going on. Now that I’ve been out here a while, I realise you don’t play for money, otherwise you’ll be 80 to 125 every year on the money list”.
After beating world class golfers Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to the FedEx cup, Snedeker is feeling optimistic about this weekend’s Ryder Cup.
“I know it’s going to be a pressure packed week, but I’m going to use this as a huge thing to fall back on. I’m playing the best golf of my career.”
When asked about his plans for his winnings, Snedeker replied “It’s a little bit crazy. I’m not by any means a flashy guy. I drive the same car I’ve had since I’ve been on the PGA tour – I’ve had it four and a half and it’s got 24,000 miles on it.“
Snedeker went on to say that he plans to use the money to “help a lot of people in Tennessee and the surrounding areas.”
It will make for interesting viewing watching next week’s Ryder Cup action unfold after the American wildcard’s double victory yesterday.