ATLANTA, GEORGIA | Let’s put aside for the moment how the scoreboard is stacked as this new iteration of the Tour Championship begins, giving Justin Thomas a two-stroke lead over Patrick Cantlay with others scattered in assigned spots behind them in the FedEx Cup finale.
It’s weird, curious, strange – pick your description – but it’s potentially captivating.
The $15 million payday to the winner is beyond captivating.
Or is it?
It is, in the words of Justin Thomas, “an extremely substantial amount of money.”
It’s more than Greg Norman earned in his entire PGA Tour career.
Yet, to hear some of the top players at East Lake Golf Club talk about the lottery-like payoff, it’s not about the money. Perhaps we should stop here and remind ourselves of the old adage that it’s always about the money, in business, in life and in sports.
The money does matter but, at least in the case of some top players, it’s not the $15 million on the line that drives them.
If the money truly didn’t matter, then the PGA Tour and FedEx wouldn’t...
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