McIlroy wins title-dependent Tour Championship title of £ 12.2 million

Posted by on August 25, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

McIlroy started the tournament at five under in the new FedEx Cup-format Tour Tour final round leaderboard-18 R McIlroy (NI); -14 X Schauffele (USA); 13 J Thomas (USA), B Koepka (USA); -9 P. Casey (Eng); -8 A Scott (Aus); -7 T Finau (US); -6 C Reavie (USA); -5 P Reed (USA), K Kisner (USA), H Matsuyama (Jpn) Selected others: -4 B DeChambeau (USA), J Rahm (Spa); -1 T Fleetwood (Eng); E R Fowler (USA); +3 J Rose (Eng); +10 D Johnson (USA) Full scoreboard

Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland won the Tour Championship for the second time to secure the FedEx Cup title.

McIlroy, 30, recorded a final round 66 to finish at 18 under par, four shots free from the second placed Xander Schauffele and five ahead of the third round leader and world number one Brooks Koepka on East Lake Golf Club.

He picks up $ 15m (£ 12.2m) – a prize fund that he has previously questioned.

"To play and win alongside Brooks, it's great," McIlroy said.

Speaking against the Gulf Channel, he added: "My goal today was to win with even strokes. My goal was to shoot the lowest score of the week and I think I was the last time with the birdie that I did so that's why I focused so much season.

"I'm very proud of this and I'm going to enjoy it."

The American Koepka had had a one-shot l ead after a weather-delayed third round in Atlanta, where six people were injured after two lightning strikes.

But he hit a double bogey on the seventh hole and carded three further bogeys on the back nine to finish in a draw for third with fellow countryman Justin Thomas.

Paul Casey from England finished fifth in nine under par.

McIlroy defies radically new format

McIlroy started the week at five under par – five shots behind Thomas, who led the FedEx Cup standings to the season-dependent Tour Championship.

In an amendment to the rules for 2019, players who participated in the last event received a starting score based on their FedEx Cup rank, which fell from -10 for the leader, to level par for players with rank 26 -30.

McIlroy, who won the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship titles in 2016, was in second place with American Schauffele on 14 go down in the final round and got stuck, like Koepka, with five straight pars.

He made a birdie on the par-five sixth before taking advantage of Koepka's double bogey on the seventh, another birdie of 20 feet holing.

Two other birdies followed on the 12th and 13th to clear four strokes, and despite two bogeys, he virtually sealed his 17th PGA Tour victory over the penultimate hole, carding another birdie before he shot another 18th picked up.

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