Rory McIlroy beats Scottie Scheffler to record third FedExCup win at Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy beats Scottie Scheffler to record third FedExCup win at Tour Championship

McIlroy shot a four-under 66 to finish the week 21 under and a clear shot of Sungjae Im and Scheffler, who blew a six-shot lead after a 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 21 for a third PGA Tour win of the season

Rory McIlroy became the first three-time winner in FedExCup history after overcoming a final battle with world No.1 Scottie Scheffler to claim a dramatic Tour Championship win.

McIlroy entered the PGA Tour season finale six strokes behind and fell further behind with a triple bogey on his opening hole on Thursday, although he battled back to follow up with back-to-back 67s with a third-round 63 to stay within six shots of Scheffler.

Scheffler’s convincing lead evaporated after three bogeys in his first six holes as McIlroy tied with four birdies in a five-hole stretch, although the Masters champion retained at least a share of the lead until that McIlroy took the lead with three holes remaining.

Scheffler narrowly missed out on a fifth PGA Tour win of the season

Scheffler narrowly missed out on a fifth PGA Tour win of the season

The four-time major winner closed with a four-under 66 to end the week at 21 under at East Lake Golf Club and a shot clear of Sungjae Im and Scheffler, who stuttered to a three-over 73, with Xander Schauffele three. back to fourth place.

Epic Sunday at East Lake

Scheffler resumed his third round one up but birdied four of his final six holes to open a six-shot lead, while McIlroy returned early on Sunday morning to birdie the final two holes to secure a final round matchup with world no.1.

McIlroy had already won the FedExCup in 2016 and 2019

McIlroy had already won the FedExCup in 2016 and 2019

Both players birdied the par-four first, with Scheffler three-putting from long range to see his lead cut to five, while McIlroy responded with a birdie at the third and Im, playing in the group ahead, put back to back birdies to cut Scheffler’s pre-round lead in half.

Scheffler followed a bogey at the fourth by failing to get up and down the sand to save par at the sixth as McIlroy birdied both holes and added another from 17 feet at the seventh to temporarily pull him to one of leadership

McIlroy becomes the first three-time winner in FedExCup history

McIlroy becomes the first three-time winner in FedExCup history

A short birdie at the eighth was enough for Scheffler to move back in front until McIlroy rolled in from eight feet at the 12th to reach 20 under, a shot off the pace after canceling a bogey at the eighth collecting a shot at the next par-three and birdieing the 12th.

Scheffler converted from 12 feet to save par at the 12th and drove from the dirt to avoid a bogey at the next, while McIlroy recovered from a sloppy bogey at the 14th to drain a 30-footer at the next to leave the closed couple with three to play.

McIlroy hit the pin with a chip from the back of the 16th green and poured from eight feet to save par, which was enough for the solo lead when Scheffler didn’t get up and off the sand, while I recovered from a double-bogey on the 14th to make birdies on the 15th and 17th to get within one.

Scheffler missed a 10-foot birdie chance on the 17th and failed to capitalize on the final par-five, allowing McIlroy to secure a third FedExCup title and claim the $18 million first prize (£15.3m) with a pair of tap-ins. .

Scheffler (left) played alongside McIlroy in the final group during the final round

Scheffler (left) played alongside McIlroy in the final group 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,” McIlroy said. “I got a little lucky with Scottie (Scheffler) not playing his best golf today, and I took advantage of that with my good play. I went up against the best player in the world today and beat him, and that it’s necessary. it means something.”

I matched McIlroy’s 66 to share second with Scheffler, while Schauffele, who started the first day with the lead, had to settle for fourth after carding a third-round 70 and posting a one-under 69 in the last round.

Max Homa and Justin Thomas shared fifth place at 17 under ahead of Sepp Straka and last year’s FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, with Tony Finau and Tom Hoge rounding out the top 10 and the Open champion of the United States Matt Fitzpatrick in an 11th over.

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