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Rory McIlroy overcomes Scottie Scheffler to claim historic third FedExCup victory at Tour Championship | Golf News

McIlroy scored a four-pointer card under 66 to finish the week in under-21 and a shot from Songjay M and Scheffler, who threw six shots after the final round 73; FedExCup win earns McIlroy $18m (£15.3m) and follows successes in 2016 and 2019

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Rory McIlroy finished the week at Under 21 to secure a third win on the PGA Tour of the season

Rory McIlroy finished the week at Under 21 to secure a third win on the PGA Tour of the season

Rory McIlroy became the first three-time winner in FedExCup history after battling a finalist with world number 1 Scotty Scheffler for a dramatic Tour Championship win.

McIlroy entered the PGA Tour season finale by six strokes and more behind with a triple bogey on Thursday’s opening hole, though again fought to follow back-to-back 67s with a third-round 63 to stay within six shots of Scheffler.

Schaeffler’s convincing advantage evaporated after three bogeys in his opening six holes, as McIlroy pulled off the level with four birds in a five-hole stretch, although the Masters champion held at least his share of the lead until McIlroy moved forward with three holes remaining.

Schaeffler narrowly missed his fifth PGA Tour win of the season

Schaeffler narrowly missed his fifth PGA Tour win of the season

Next, the four-time main winner closed in on a four-under-66, ending the week at under-21 at East Lake Golf Club and a long shot off both Sungjae Im and Scheffler, who stumbled to three-over-73, with Xander Schauffele three strokes back in the position. the fourth.

Epic Sunday in East Lake

Schaeffler resumed his third round up front but faced four of his last six holes to open a six-shot advantage, while McIlroy returned early Sunday morning to bird the last holes to secure his last-round encounter with the world number one.

McIlroy already won the FedExCup Cup in 2016 and 2019

McIlroy already won the FedExCup Cup in 2016 and 2019

Both players grabbed the quad first, with Schaeffler scoring three from distance to see his lead to five, while McIlroy responded with a birdie in third and Em—playing in the group in front of him—spreads a streak. Birds to trim the Scheffler advantage before the round is halved.

Scheffler followed a bogey in fourth by failing to get up and down the sand to save the equalizer in sixth, as McIlroy flew both holes and added another from 17 feet in the seventh to temporarily lift him to a share of the lead.

McIlroy becomes the first three-time winner in FedExCup history

McIlroy becomes the first three-time winner in FedExCup history

A close birdie in eighth was enough for Schaeffler to run forward until McIlroy advanced from eight feet in twelfth to reach 20 under, with Im a shot after I canceled out a bogey at eight by taking a shot in the next three-bar and Birdieing on the twelfth.

Scheffler turned 12 feet off to save the 12th and darted off the rough to avoid a bogey the next day, as McIlroy bounced off a neglected bogey on the 14th to drain 30 feet the next day leaving the pair locked together with three to play.

McIlroy hit the pin with a slide from the back of the 16th green and poured from an eight-foot drop to provide equality, which was enough for a single shot when Scheffler didn’t get up and down the sand, while Im recovered from a double-bossy on the 14th to Byrdie 15th and 7th Ten to get one.

Schaeffler missed a 10-foot-flyer on Day 17 and was unable to capitalize on the last five, allowing McElroy to claim a third FedExCup title and claim the first prize of $18m (£15.3m). .

Schaeffler (left) played alongside McIlroy in the last set during the final round

Schaeffler (left) played alongside McIlroy in the last set during the final round

“To be the first to do anything in the game that you love so much, it’s an incredibly proud moment,” said McIlroy. “I got a bit lucky because Scotty (Scheffler) didn’t play his best golf today, and I took advantage of that with my good play. I took on the best player in the world today and dropped him, and that must mean something.”

Im matched McIlroy’s 66 to share second with Scheffler, while Schauffele, who started the first day of the lead, had to settle for fourth after completing a third turn 70 and then posting 1-under 69 in the final round.

Max Homa and Justin Thomas shared fifth in 17th under Seb Straca and last year’s FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, with Tony Fino and Tom Hogg in the top 10 and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick in a share of 11.

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