Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Luke Stays Cool in Big-Money Chase

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Luke Stays Cool in Big-Money Chase

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Byline: Marco Giacomelli

[bar] LL the talk at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta is of who will land $10million for winning the FedEx Cup but Luke Donald insists the huge bonus isn't his main incentive this week.

The fourth and final FedEx Cup playoff event -- the Tour Championship -- starts tomorrow and features the top 30 players with the leading five guaranteed the big prize if they finish top of the leaderboard on Sunday.

Donald is fourth in the standings but having already banked around [pounds sterling]15m from his career, the Englishman is in a position to be cool over the possibility of bagging the [pounds sterling]6.3m windfall on offer to the FedEx champion.

For the world No1 is much more interested in clinching his second PGA Tour victory of the season in a bid to secure Player of the Year honours on the US circuit for the first time.

"I'm not really thinking about the money," said the 33-year-old. "I'm really concentrating more on winning the tournament, picking up another trophy, winning the FedEx Cup and, hopefully, winning Player of the Year. Where I am in my career, I have been very fortunate. I've won $25m or something.

The money is really the last thing I'm thinking about."

Donald has enjoyed a career-best year on both sides of the Atlantic, winning three tournaments, leading the European Tour Order of Merit and sitting second on the PGA Tour moneylist. He believes victory this week could be pivotal in terms of the Player of the Year honour.

"A win would sway a lot of people's minds," he said. "No one has really dominated a season as much as when Tiger Woods was winning multiple times. There's no clear-cut winner."

Donald's only blemish has been his failure to claim a first Major title. He tied for fourth at the Masters and shared eighth place at the PGA Championship but laboured to joint 45th at the US Open while he missed the cut at The Open at Sandwich. …

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