Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

McIlroy banks S$21 million with Tour Championship, FedEx Cup wins

McIlroy banks S$21 million with Tour Championship, FedEx Cup wins

Schauffele closed with a 70 to finish alone in second, which paid out $US5 million ($7.45 million). It may have been $10m less than the victor but second-placed Xander Schauffele took home a cool $5m, whilst Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka, tied for third, claimed $3.5m.

Koepka and McIlroy, both four-times major champions, will be paired again, four weeks after locking horns at the WGC-St. He pocketed $15 million - golf's biggest ever prize - for doing so.

McIlroy has won the Players Championship, the Canadian Open and the Tour Championship all in one year. Hee Jeong Lim shot 3-over 75 in the final round and still won by four shots in the High1 Resort Ladies Open on the Korean LPGA Tour. This time, he flourished when it counted. "It's fantastic how different things can be in a year".

What looked to be a shootout turned into a runaway for McIlroy. Then the unimaginable happened: All but one shot of his lead was gone by the 15th hole. But no other golfer was clicking enough to make a serious challenge.

McIlroy began the week five shots behind Justin Thomas in the new scoring format, but outplayed the rest of the field with a final round 66 to scoop the $15million reward for winning the FedEx Cup.

Erik van Rooyen birdied the last to overcome Matthew Fitzpatrick in a thrilling final day battle to finally win his first European Tour title at the Scandinavian Invitation.

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The seventh hole saw a three-shot swing that arguably changed the whole dynamic of the game. 12, 13 and 14. Or can Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy or John Rahm come from behind and reel him in?

"I think just coming in, for me, playing as well as I have leading up to this tournament, I had only a few-shot lead on the guys that just barely got in here, and then I'm seven back against the guys that have already played the best all year".

The FedEx Cup counts as an official win, giving him three for the year. But his third-round 71 puts him tied for fourth with England's Paul Casey (68) at 11 under. "I've been putting so well all day and to hole that one to win, it's my first one, it's pretty cool". "Whether it's flawless, not going to go there, don't know".

McIlroy picked up three shots there with a birdie and from that point Schauffele was his main challenger. Four players took turns atop the leaderboard in the first 35 minutes of golf Sunday morning, which included Schauffele's first hole-in-one of his career with a 5-iron on the 240-yard ninth hole. Adding insult to injury, he missed a birdie putt on the final hole that cost him $500,000.

Last week at the BMW Championship in the Chicago suburbs, Phil Mickelson was delayed getting to the golf course when lightning struck the top of his hotel, causing a precautionary evacuation.

"At 4.45 p.m., there were two lightning strikes.a tree near the range/15 green/16 tee was hit, and debris from that strike injured four people", the PGA Tour said in a statement.

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