The race to the FedEx Cup concluded with Brandt Snedeker claiming a whopping $10,000,000. Rory McIlroy finished second in the series, one place ahead of Tiger Woods, and he slinks off from the series with $3,000,000 of his own.
In the final round of the events ending in Atlanta, Snedeker took the win and McIlroy was left claiming “I’m a little disappointed, to be honest. I didn’t play the way I wanted to. I only hit three fairways and you can’t do that around this place.
“But at the same time Brandt really deserves to win. If you look at his stats he played the best golf.”
What this means is that just before the Ryder Cup, McIlroy has a point to prove against one of the American team. With such a large amount of money, it will no doubt boost Snedeker.
McIlroy is in form, though, and four of the world’s top five will be wearing European colors, with McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Atlanta runner-up Justin Rose all occupying the top spots.
Of course, much can be made of the impact of world number 2 Tiger Woods, the changing of the guard with the US team, the tenacity of Graeme McDowell or the psychological tactics of Ian Poulter. Instead, it could all come down to two men.
No. Not the captains.
Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal may be the men doing the selecting and the talking, but really each team needs someone to forge ahead. Both McIlroy and Snedeker are in supreme form and if they charge, they could drag the rest of the field through Medinah Country Club with them.
If this does happen, then the two men could spark off one of the most exciting bouts since the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island.