There will be more on the line than just The McGladrey Classic title and $720,000 paycheck this week. Webb Simpson entered the event to take a shot at dismantling Luke Donald atop the PGA Tour money list (so get ready to hear — ew — “the race for the money title” bunches on TV). I guess it’s like a who’s the richest millionaire contest?
Simpson, who has won twice in 2012, is currently second, with earnings totaling $5,768,243. He’s just $68,971 short of money leader and world No. 1 Luke Donald, who is trying to become the first player to win the money title on the PGA Tour and the European Tour in the same year. (The guy is like an ATM! Actually, he’s even better because there’s no limit!)
But not if Webb can help it!
If I’m Luke, I’m a little irked — not because I need more money, but because it’d be cool to be the first guy to win two money titles on two tours. Donald has a two-million-and-change lead over Rory McIlroy in Europe’s money race. He could add Disney if he wanted, but his wife Diane is expecting their second child.
“I think more the fact that no one has ever done it, being a member of both tours,” said Donald at the Tour Championship a few weeks ago. “You always try to accomplish things that nobody has ever done.”
Simpson’s agent, Thomas Parker, said Simpson had not yet decided if he would also play in the season-ending tournament at Disney, according to the AP. Perhaps Webb thinks winning the money title will help his case for Player of the Year.
It’s all about the benjamins, baby.