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Multi-million pound success for Furyk after Tour Championship triumph

FedEx Cup prize fund is an insane amount of money

Posted Sep 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Jim Furyk

I was going to start with congratulating Jim Furyk on his fantastic victory in the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup but then I saw how much he won from that one event that it made me feel a little sick!
The American pocketed a mammoth £7m after beating Ryder Cup rival Luke Donald into second spot by one shot. Let me just repeat that….£7million. Yes you read it correctly.
Now I know golfers can earn big sums of cash on the PGA Tour but that seems a ludicrous amount of cash for playing 72 holes of golf! When you consider many of the atrocities that have struck the world in recent years, that sum of money could have been used for good causes rather than to line an already wealthy man’s pockets. It would be refreshing, if, and this is a big if, one day a major sporting star donated a serious amount of money like this to charity instead of stockpiling cash under their mattress. Or wherever it’s safest nowadays!
I feel a little sorry for Donald too but I’m equally encouraged by his form heading into the Ryder Cup this weekend. He has been in good form a month or so now and I would love to see him win a major tournament sooner rather than later. If he keeps this up there is no doubt in my mind that will happen.
Talking of the Ryder Cup, as if we can avoid it this week, I see Monty has written a ‘runners-up’ speech just in case his team loses.
As much as I respect his preparation, I believe this sends out the wrong message to his team. I can’t imagine Corey Pavin, the American captain, has done the same. And I can’t imagine any of the great captains, coaches and manages from across all sports have ever done this. It’s as if he’s accepting defeat before the competition has got under way. We shall see what effect it has at Celtic Manor from Friday.
An impressive and sensible move by the captains of both teams is to ban their players from tweeting during the tournament. We have seen recently in cricket and football the fall out from players tweeting and I believe that this ban is sensibly imposed.
The world of social media can get you into trouble incredibly quickly and with words often being misunderstood via sites such as Twitter and Facebook, it is refreshing to see such measures taken. I believe it also means the players can concentrate on the golf, and after all, that’s why they are there and that’s why the public are paying so much to go and watch them.
All that is left to say is, c’mon Europe!!

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