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Wednesday 21st August 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 21.8.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .ie Outside of the 30 multi-millionaires who are vying for the top prize this weekend, nobody else really cares and will get their name on the FedEx Cup trophy along with all the others who've driven away from East Lake with a Brinks truck in tow. When there is this much money at stake, it matters. It mat- ters big time. Or at least it should. But that's the thing. Outside of the 30 mul- ti-millionaires who are vying for the top prize this weekend, no- body else really cares, because, let's face it, no lives are going to change drastically as a result of anything that happens this weekend. We don't look at Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker or Bill Haas and immediately think 'FedEx Cup champion'. Not in the way we look at Patrick Reed or Louis Oosthuizen and think Masters champion and Open champion. No doors are going to open that were otherwise closed. In fact, just two weeks after Horschel filled his pockets, he watched the Ryder Cup at Glen- eagles on his (presumably large) TV in his (presumably plush) liv- ing room as he had not qualified. I'm not sure that he'd have trad- ed his $10 million for a seat on the plane, but the likelihood is high that Horschel ends his ca- reer without a major champion- ship or a Ryder or President's Cup appearance. See, for all the lipstick in the world, a pig is still a pig. The Tour Championship is little more than the Hero World Challenge with a few more players and about ten times the money. But the PGA Tour must pander to the golden goose and who can blame the players for de- lightedly filling their pockets? They wouldn't be professionals if it was all for the love of the game. It's a glorified cash grab but who would admit it? You won't hear anything about boyhood dreams this week, but if you listen close, you'll hear the unmistakeable sound of the cash register. After all, that's what counts, right? Billy Horschel in action during the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club

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