Last Updated on August 26, 2019 by Daniel
Up for the Cup: Rory McIlroy praises winning the Tour Championship and his second FedEx Cup title in three years
Rory McIlroy checked the last cycle 66 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to win the Tour Championship by four shots and secure the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup title and the $15 million first prize.
McIlroy began the competition on five-under standard, because of the FedEx Cup’s new handicap framework, however, would even now have won the competition through and through on the off chance that it had been played on level terms, as he completed well in front of his title-pursuing opponents. Justin Thomas drove McIlroy by five shots toward the beginning of the week however completed on 12 under to impart third to Brooks Koepka, while Xander Schauffele took second, four shots falling behind financially.
With climate delays on Saturday – during which six observers were taken to the medical clinic following two lightning strikes – the pioneers needed to play 66% of their third round on Sunday morning, before setting out on the last round later toward the evening.
Koepka held a one-shot lead with 18 to play, however, the world no.1 neglected to locate his best structure when it made a difference most, hitting a twofold intruder on the seventh – his first in quite a while – and piling on three sequential intruders on the back nine to complete with a 74.
As yet stinging in the wake of being outgunned by Koepka finally month’s WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, and his annihilation in this competition a year back on account of Tiger Woods, the 30-year-old from Northern Ireland demonstrated the sort of structure that took him to the FedEx Cup title in 2016. With birdies at six and seven, he led the pack from Koepka, and notwithstanding dropping shots at 14 and 15, birdies at 12 and 13, and two more at 17 and 18 put the good to beat all remunerating cake.
“To play like that nearby Brooks and win, it’s wonderful,” said McIlroy. “He got one over on me in Memphis a month ago, and I needed to kind of attempt to get some vengeance today. My objective was to proceed to shoot the least score of the week. It’s been such a cool method to end what has been for me an extraordinary season.
To win multiple times is wonderful. I have an inclination that I could have won more, yet to win the FedEx Cup once more, to continue giving myself possibilities, notwithstanding when I was getting thumped back, I’m exceptionally pleased with myself and I will appreciate this one.”
RORY’S STATS IN 2018-2019 PGA TOUR SEASON
No,1 in Strokes Gained (SG) aggregate with +2.495
No.1 in SG off the tee (+1.185), and a tee to green (+2.079)
Three successes: Tour Championship, The Players and RBC Canadian Open
Completed no more terrible than T6 in his last 7 begins
Driven the Tour in Top-10 completions (14 from 19 begins)
Second in scoring normal (69.2)
RORY MCILROY’S WINNING CLUBS
Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9°)
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Putter: TaylorMadeSpider X Copper
Ball: TaylorMade TP5