Published: Mon, August 26, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rory McIlroy pushes ahead to win his second Tour Championship, FedExCup

Rory McIlroy pushes ahead to win his second Tour Championship, FedExCup

The Australian is at five-under overall, five shots from the lead held by world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and fellow-Americans Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at 10-under.

Schauffele made the first professional hole-in-one of his career at the par-three ninth as part of a three-under 67, while McIlroy's 68 means the Northern Irishman is well in contention.

He was in a tie for fourth with Paul Casey, while the likes of Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama at six under surely have too much work to do.

"I really, really played well", said the victor of last week's BMW Championship.

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The 2017 FedEx Cup champion, who entered the season-ending event 10 under via the new format, was off to a steady start Saturday. I get that guys have grinded all year to get to this point, but that's still preposterous.

The scoring for the FedEx Cup underwent a radical change this year, with players in the highest position in the FedEx Cup getting a head start in relation to par.

"Didn't see it go in", Schauffele said, and as he watched the shot on a TV replay he added, "I did pull it". From middle of the fairway on the par-5 sixth, he peeled his fairway metal to the right in fluffy grass just short of the bunker, leaving him no chance to get close to a pin tucked behind the sand. Koepka was in the trees to the left and made an 18-footer for par.

"Made 4 off a bad tee shot, so I'm not complaining". In fact, he just did so at the Tour Championship. Going up against the world number one in the world today, I wanted to get some revenge as he got one over me in Memphis (at the WGC when McIlroy finished five behind Koepka after the pair played together in the last group). Second place gets $5 million, meaning the difference between winning and finishing second is equal to the bonus paid out past year - $10 million.

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