Remember when Phil Mickelson got in a subtle ricochet shot at Matt Kuchar as he drove up Magnolia Lane on the Saturday before their Masters pairing? It was classic Phil – flexing his sense of humour before likely sharing a laugh with Kuchar ahead of their tee-time. It was also a flick of Kuchar’s wrist in comparison to the dagger he received from Rory McIlroy yesterday at Liberty National.
The duo, plus the other eight players who rounded out the top 10 on the FedEx Cup points list at season’s end, were all together for a special presentation of the inaugural Wyndham Rewards winners. This year, those who finished inside that top 10 split up a $US10 million bonus at the end of the regular season. McIlroy finished second behind Brooks Koepka, and Kuchar came in third, finishing just two… yes, two points behind McIlroy. During the presentation, Kuchar brought up that infinitesimal difference, and how those points cost him $300,000. McIlroy had quite the rebuttal:
Goodness gracious, Rory. Kuch had a good sense of humour about it – laughing after Rory delivered the line. It was really his only option. Even McIlroy felt bad afterwards (Koepka seemed to love it), and you can hear the audible groans from those in the crowd. Can you blame them?
All jokes aside, good on Kuchar for laughing it off. And a tip of the cap to the quick wit from McIlroy. The funniest part? Kuchar would have probably leap-frogged McIlroy with ease if he just showed up to last week’s Wyndham Championship. But he skipped it, leaving that $300,000 on the table.