ory McIlroy became the first player ever to win golf’s lucrative FedEx Cup three times after a stunning comeback to clinch the PGA Tour Championship ahead of Scottie Scheffler in Atlanta on Sunday.
The four-time major winner started the final day at East Lake Golf Club six shots off top spot, only to produce a remarkable final-round four-under 66 to finish on 21-under-par for the tournament, one stroke ahead of reigning world No1 Scheffler and South Korea’s Sungjae Im.
McIlroy – who also won the Tour Championship in 2016 and 2019 – was a full 10 shots off the lead after a miserable first two holes on Thursday that saw him produce a dismal triple bogey followed by another bogey, but now pockets a huge $18million (£15.3m) after an amazing turnaround in fortunes.
The Northern Irishman, who shot a seven-under 63 after birdies on his final two holes on Saturday, tastes a significant victory having acted for a number of difficult months as one of the PGA Tour’s leading defenders and most outspoken critics of the breakaway LIV Golf Series as the sport’s ugly civil war has dragged on unabated.
“What a week, what a day,” McIlroy told Sky Sports. “I feel like Scottie deserves at least half of this. He’s a hell of a competitor. It was an honour to battle with him.”
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