Rory McIlroy makes history with his third FedEx Cup win and lands $18 million prize after remarkable comeback


ory McIlroy became the first player to win golf’s lucrative FedEx Cup three times after a stunning comeback to claim the PGA Tour championship from Scottie Scheffler in Atlanta on Sunday.

The four-time major winner started the final day at East Lake Golf Club six shots from first place, to produce a remarkable final round of four under 66 to finish at 21 under par for the tournament, a stroke clear on the reign. Scheffler, world number 1, and Sungjae Im, from South Korea.

McIlroy – who also won the Tour Championship in 2016 and 2019 – was a full 10 strokes off the lead after two miserable first holes on Thursday that saw him produce a dismal triple bogey followed by another bogey, but is now pocketing a huge $18m (£15.3m) after an incredible turnaround.

The Northern Irishman, who scored under 63 after birdies on his last two holes on Saturday, tastes an important win after acting through several difficult months as one of the PGA’s leading defenders. Tour and the fiercest critics of the LIV Golf Series breakaway as the sport’s ugly civil war drags on unabated.

McIlroy’s season prize money has now soared to more than $26 million. He has now earned some $43 million from the FedEx Cup alone.

“What a week, what a day,” McIlroy said when presenting the award. “First of all, I want to say that I feel like Scottie deserves at least half of this (trophy). He had an amazing season. I feel a little bad for hitting him in the post.

“He’s a hell of a competitor, he’s an even better guy, it was an honor and a privilege to fight with him today and I’m sure we will have many more. I told him that we We were one-all in Georgia this year; he got the Masters, I got that.

“I didn’t really give myself much of a chance to play at the start today, I thought six downs were going to be very hard to make up for, but my good game and Scottie’s not so good game meant it was a game ball before the return nine.

When asked what it meant to win in a season in which he became one of the PGA Tour’s greatest defenders in his battle against LIV Golf, McIlroy added: “It means a lot.

“I believe in the game of golf, I believe in this particular Tour, I believe in the players on this Tour. It’s the best place in the world to play golf, bar none, and I’ve played all over the world.

“It’s an incredibly proud moment for me, but it should also be an incredibly proud moment for the PGA Tour. They’ve had a tough time this year, but we’re getting through it and it was a show today.

“Two of the best players in the world are battling it out for the biggest prize on the PGA Tour and I hope everyone back home enjoyed it.”

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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