Justin Rose is $10m the richer after clinching the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup on Sunday night, which would cover the champagne bill even if Ian Woosnam was still captain.
If he was also the villain in denying Tiger Woods a lucrative double by one shot over the course of the play-offs then he was unapologetic afterwards.
“Tiger’s got enough money,” he said after congratulating the Renaissance Man on his comeback win at East Lake.
For Rose the jackpot triggered courtesy of the top-five finish he needed in the final event of the season States-side marked another notch on the career bedpost a week after moving to world No1.
It was a shortlived view from the summit with Dustin Johnson reclaiming the position yesterday, but nevertheless the achievements keep coming thick and fast for the US Open champion who also claimed gold at the Rio Olympics.
“I think as a kid I would have said being a major champion was the most important to me,” said the 38-year-old Englishman.
“The Olympic gold medal has become as important to me just based upon people’s reaction to it and how special it’s felt.
“Reaching world No1 in recent weeks has become a third string to my bow and now FedExCup champion would be right there with everything I have achieved.
“I wasn’t able to win the tournament this week, but I was able to win the season and this opportunity only presents itself if you play very, very good golf for a long period of time so I’m proud to have taken my chance this year.
“I have a four-string guitar. I’m now a bass player. Hopefully, I can add a few more strings. It would be nice to end up with a harp.”
Rose could justifiably claim five strings having won the European Tour Order of Merit back in 2007.
It has been the past five years though that have seen the final blooming of a stellar amateur talent who initially lost his way after turning pro. On reflection he believes those struggles have been the making of him.
“The game came easy to me as a kid and although I worked hard, winning was easy, golf was easy,” he said.
“Then I turned pro and I missed 21 cuts. That has kept me honest in the sense of that’s kept me working hard and kept me never taking it for granted. That’s maybe where it has come from.
“I’ve had my fair share of challenges along the way. I had a pretty bad back injury in 2016 that was not that well-documented, and I worked really hard through that and managed to win the gold even though I was really quite unfit during Rio.
“Those are moments that you have to ask yourself how much you do want it because of the amount of time and diligence and sacrifice you need constantly.
“It’s not just turn up and play, it’s about doing 50 things every day just to be able to play your best.
“It was a recommitment to my fitness and it was a recommitment to my short game and my putting that has got me to this point.
“As you get older, you have to be a lot more diligent but the fire is still there. That’s what keeps me doing it. I love waking up and trying to improve. It’s certainly not a chore.”