Dustin Johnson has done just fine financially in his first four years on the PGA Tour.
The Irmo native has won five times, earned more than $13.4 million in 99 tournaments and has signed several lucrative sponsorship agreements, including a new multi-year, likely multi-million-dollar extension with TaylorMade-adidas that will be formally announced in the coming days.
So money isn’t quite the motivation that it once was for the Coastal Carolina alumnus and former Myrtle Beach resident.
But the gaudy dollar figures being doled out this week at East Lake Golf Club, and the pressure they add, can’t be overlooked.
Johnson enters the Tour Championship by Coca Cola second in FedEx Cup points to Webb Simpson. A win in a field of 30 players would mean $1.44 million for Johnson in the $8 million event, plus a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup playoffs and points championship. “This week the zeros definitely catch your attention,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot of money. Definitely that’s enough for you to think about, for sure. … A guy in my position, if I win, I win the FedEx Cup, too. You know, that’s a big deal.”