ATLANTA – Playing in the FedExCup Playoffs final comes with its perks. Specifically, the potential to win up to $18 million.
This money is technically a “bonus” awarded to top players for a successful season (ie it doesn’t count as official money). The difference between finishing first and finishing seventh is $16 million, which is where eventual champion Rory McIlroy started this week, at No. 7 and 4 under, before making the biggest comeback in stroke-play history.
After four rounds, here are the FedExCup bonus winners, who had clutch performances to add to their earnings, and the losers who dropped well more than two spots in the standings.
That is easy. McIlroy started the week at 4 under, six strokes behind No. 1 seed Scottie Scheffler. By the third hole, he was 10 strokes back. By the 72nd hole, he had erased that deficit and then some. The three-time champion went from a potential $2 million payday to start the week, to $5.75 million (T-2) entering the final round, to secure $18 million after defeating the No. 1 player in people.
“Look, money is money,” McIlroy said after his win. “It’s great, and we’re professional golfers. we play golf for a living. This is a part of it. But I think at this point in my career, the win and the journey and the emotions and who I’m doing it with means more than the check.
Full FedExCup bonus payout, by Rory McIlroy at No. 150
Homa made the biggest positive jump in the leaderboard this week with a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck.
The 16thu Homa fell to T-26 after a 1-over 71. He wouldn’t do the same again, posting rounds of 62, 66 and 66 to finish.
A closing eagle on the par-5 18thu in round 2 he gave the 30-year-old round of the day, jumping him 18 spots and placing him about $1 million higher than before. Then some help from the flagstick on 18u in the final round helped him record another birdie, a game that earned him more than $1 million for a grand total of $2,750,000 after his T-5 finish.
If you think it’s harsh to call the Masters champion a loser, you know it’s a joke, as he took home $5,750,000 to finish T-2 with Sungjae Im.
But the not-so-harsh, more bittersweet reality is that the salary could have been $12.25 million more had the 26-year-old maintained the lead he’s maintained over the previous three rounds… and most of the season, for that matter.
Maybe it was the 24 holes he had to play on Sunday, or maybe he was just gassed after a long season. Either way, his pockets weren’t too sore at the end of the day. He finished with $19,796,910 in total earnings for the season, including $14,046,910 in official money – the most official money he’s ever earned in a tour season.
Arguably the biggest shock of the week was when reigning Golfer of the Year Cam Smith dropped from an opening sixth to No. 20 after his biggest weapon, his putter, was frozen.
Smith, who is expected to announce his departure from LIV Golf soon, posted rounds of 67, 71, 68 and 69. The Australian tied for 18thu in strokes gained: putting for the week – including being dead last at -2,522 in round 3 – and in round 26u for the greens in the regulation.
The cost of an ice football? Almost $2 million from the start of the week until it ended.