American golfer Brandt Snedeker admitted he felt like a lottery winner last night after victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta earned him a staggering $11.5million.

"It's a little bit crazy," said the 31-year-old from Nashville after denying world number one Rory McIlroy the title of FedEx Cup champion to go with everything else he has done this season.

"I'm not by any means a flashy guy. I drive the same car I've had since I've been on the PGA Tour - I've had it four and a half and it's got 24,000 miles on it.

"Of anybody that I know I do not need US$11million. So there are going to be things we can do to really help people.

"That's the way I look at it - I really think we can make a difference and help a lot people out in Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

"I've got a little boy on the way in a month. My life is about to change drastically not because of this money, but because I'm going to have two kids."

Before then - this week, in fact - Snedeker also has a first Ryder Cup to enjoy. He is one of the four American wild cards.

"I know it's going to be a pressure-packed week, but I'm going to use this as a huge thing to fall back on. I'm playing the best golf of my career."

Snedeker's prize money for winning the Tour Championship is the same that McIlroy has earned in a year which has included his second major victory and three other tournament wins.