To PGA victor McIlroy belong spoils

Rory McIlroy with the PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy after his 2014 win at Valhalla.
Rory McIlroy with the PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy after his 2014 win at Valhalla. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, August 10, 2014

OK, so if you figure that Rory McIlroy already has a replica of the PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy (he won one in 2012, at Kiawah Island), then he really didn't "gain" a whole lot Sunday at Valhalla – outside of that tidy little check for $1.8 million, which will spend nicely.

Consider what McIlroy receives for his PGA Championship victory:

  • 600 FedExCup points; $1.8 million; replica of Wanamaker Trophy
  • A lifetime exemption into the PGA Championship (already exempt)
  • Five-year exemption on the PGA Tour (already exempt)
  • Five-year exemption into Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, Players Championship (already exempt)
  • Berth in the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (already exempt)

We're just kidding, of course. Nice playing, Rory. Enjoy the victory. It's been quite a run.