UPDATE 1-Golf-McIlroy pockets $15 million after winning Tour Championship and FedEx CupReuters | Atlanta | Updated: 26-08-2019 03:54 IST | Created: 26-08-2019 03:52 IST
Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup in style in Atlanta on Sunday, collecting the biggest first prize in the sport, $15 million.
Northern Irishman McIlroy emphatically outduelled Americans Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele with a four-under-par 66 in the final round at East Lake. He finished at 18 under par, four shots ahead of Schauffele to claim the season-long FedEx Cup points competition for the second time on the PGA Tour, after his 2016 win.
It was a sweet stroll up the final hole for McIlroy, who last year had to make the walk alongside a victorious Tiger Woods as the heaving gallery chanted, "Tiger, Tiger." This time the chants were for McIlroy.
"It was pretty cool," McIlroy said in a greenside interview. "I must say I didn't enjoy that walk last year like everyone else did. I never took the fight to Tiger.
"It's amazing how different things can be in a year." McIlroy took the fight to Koepka just four weeks after being given a lesson by the American when they were paired in the final round at a World Golf Championships event in Memphis.
"Going up against the number one player in the world today, he got one over me in Memphis and I wanted to get some revenge," McIlroy said. "To play like that alongside Brooks, get the win, win the FedEx Cup, it's awesome."
Schauffele shot a closing 70, while Koepka was unusually error-prone in a 72 to tie for third with Justin Thomas, five shots behind.