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Money furthest from Dustin’s mind

- Washington

– You can buy a lot with $15 million but Dustin Johnson (right) says the prestige that comes with winning the FedExCup title is beyond value.

The world No 1 achieved a career goal on Monday by winning the Tour Championsh­ip, clinching the FedExCup crown and the massive winner’s purse, but with earnings already pushing $70 million, Johnson said his pursuit of trophies was all-important.

“Probably the prestige for sure just because being a FedExCup champion is something that I really wanted to do,” said the 36-year-old, who carded a final round two-under 68 at East Lake to win by three strokes.

“I’m fortunate enough where I don’t need to think about that (money).

“It’s more – it’s all about winning and the trophies. The money is not – I don’t really care about that.

“I want to win tournament­s, and I want to win trophies.”

While Johnson has been a regular contender end-of-season honours, the FedExCup has remained just out of reach.

He was poised to win four years ago before Rory McIlroy pipped Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore in a three-man playoff.

“I wanted to hold that trophy at the end of the day. It was something that I wanted to accomplish during my career, and obviously I got one of them. Now I’m going to try to get me another,” said Johnson.

Of his 23 PGA Tour titles only one is a Major, the 2016 US Open, but on current form he looks a good bet to win this year’s US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club, New York, next week. –

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