Wednesday, August 15, 2018

McIlroy wins Tour Championship, $10 million FedEx Cup bonus

ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy holed two shots on the 16th hole at East Lake that made him a most unlikely FedEx Cup champion Sunday.

The first one he didn't even see go in.

Three shots behind with three holes to play at the Tour Championship, McIlroy holed a pitching wedge from 137 yards for eagle that gave him the spark he needed to close with 6-under 64 and join a three-way playoff with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell, with the FedEx Cup title riding on the outcome in the PGA Tour's season finale.

"I knew I was right back in the golf tournament," he said.

Four playoff holes later, on the 16th, after Ryan Moore made a par putt from just outside 15 feet, McIlroy sank his 15-foot birdie putt to win two trophies he desperately wanted: the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

"Just to see that ball drop and everything that's come together for me this year … to pull it off was really special," McIlroy said, his voice still hoarse from screaming.

McIlroy picked up $11.53 million in one day: the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus and $1.53 million for the Tour Championship, his second victory in three weeks that made him the first player to win four career FedEx Cup playoff events.

His only hope was to win the Tour Championship and have Dustin Johnson finish worse than second alone. Johnson, who was tied for the third-round lead with Chappell, closed with 73 and tied for sixth, seven strokes back. Chappell shot 66.

McIlroy, Chappell and Moore finished at 12-under 268.

Moore got a consolation prize — the fourth captain's pick of Davis Love for the last slot on the 12-man U.S. Ryder Cup team.

CHAMPIONS: Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia, outlasting Scott McCarron with birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Montgomerie closed with 4-under 67 to match McCarron at 15-under 198. McCarron, the second-round leader, bogeyed the par-5 18th in regulation for 70.