Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off the second hole during a practice round prior to the start of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP
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While the prospect of earning a $10 million bonus after this week's Tour Championship finale is tantalizing, Rory McIlroy says he is much more motivated by the chance to win the PGA Tour's FedExCup trophy for the first time.Both the Tour Championship and FedExCup titles are on the line at East Lake Golf Club this week and McIlroy is one of just five players in an elite field of 29 who is automatically guaranteed the overall playoff prize if he wins the tournament.McIlroy ended up tying for 10th in that year's Tour Championship, his only previous start in the elite limited-field event, and was edged out by tournament winner Brandt Snedeker in the race for the FedExCup.After winning three times on the 2013-14 PGA Tour where he has recorded 11 top-10s in 16 starts and no finish worse than a tie for 25th, McIlroy is a heavy favorite to land Player of the Year honors on the U.S. circuit once the season is over.
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