Rory McIlroy storms from 6 back to win FedEx Cup and $18 million

Rory McIlroy finished with a 4-under 66 Sunday to overtake Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler and win the FedEx Cup for a third time.

ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy, the strongest voice for the PGA Tour in a turbulent year, had the final say with his clubs on Sunday as he rallied from six shots down to win the Tour championship and capture the FedEx Cup for the third time.

McIlroy won $18 million, taking his PGA Tour earnings for the season to over $26 million. He finished with a 4-under 66, passing Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler, who only birdied in a 73.

Sungjae Im fell behind with a double bogey on the 14th hole and still managed a 66 to share second place with Scheffler.

McIlroy called the final round a “spectacle,” and not just because of the pro-McIlroy crowd chanting his name along the final holes.

“Two of the best players in the world go on the best tour,” he said.

McIlroy needed a lot of help from seeded No. 1 Scheffler, who started two shots ahead and was never behind until the 70th hole. Scheffler, who birded four of six holes Sunday morning to end the third round and build a six-shot lead, lost it on the first seven holes.

And then it was a thrill to the end, a stunning afternoon in East Lake spinning two shots.

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McIlroy potted a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th hole to tie the lead. After overflying the green by about 20 yards, his pitch ran fast and went off the front of the green when he hit the pin and settled 7 feet away.

He saved par. Scheffler missed his 10-footer and took bogey, and they matched the rest of the way.

Scheffler’s 4-iron on the par-5 18 sailed short and right into a bunker and shot across the green. McIlroy went left against the stands, took relief and came onto the green for an easy par.

McIlroy won in a playoff in 2016. In 2019, he won the FedEx Cup again, the first year with a staggered start. But this was perhaps the sweetest fall after a year that saw the PGA Tour locked in a vicious battle for players with Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf.

It was McIlroy who has shown great loyalty to the PGA Tour in recent years, co-chairing a momentous players-only gathering with Tiger Woods last week that led to significant changes going forward.

“I believe in the game of golf. I especially believe in this tour. I believe in the players on this tour,” said McIlroy at the trophy presentation. “It’s the greatest place in the world to play golf, without exception, and I’ve played everywhere.”

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