“Show me the money” is what Rory McIlroy can say after winning the Tour Championship, the Fed Ex Cup and a $15 million USD winners cheque. It was an impressive win for McIlroy who put on a clinic to destroy the 30 man field. All week he was leading the field in both par 3 and par 5 scorings which in the end got him to 18 under and a 4 shot victory over Xander Schauffele who had his first ever hole in one earlier on in the day.
Paired in the final group with Brooks Koepka, McIlroy started the final round one shot back of the leader Koepka. In the back of his mind he wanted some sweet revenge over Koepka for what happened at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last month. Paired in the final group again people expected a shoot out between the two but Koepka pulled away with a 65 and McIlroy never responded. Today was his chance to rewrite history.
“Going up against the No. 1 player in the world today — [Koepka] got one over on me in Memphis and I wanted to sort of try to get some revenge today, so to play like that alongside Brooks and get the win, win the FedEx Cup, it’s awesome. And it’s amazing how different things can be in a year.”
In the new Fed Ex Cup format, McIlroy started the tournament 5 shots back from leader Justin Thomas who started the tournament at 10 under being the Fed Ex Cup leader. Thomas who was in the tournament until the 16th hole of his third round, when he seemed to shank his second and then duffed the next two after that and went on to make a triple bogey which seemed to rattle him. He never really got back into it but did finish in a tie for third with Koepka.
At the start of the final round it looked like we were in for a treat with Koepka and McIlroy trading punches through the front nine. Both started with 5 pars in a row and then both birdied the 6th hole. The 7th hole was where it all changed when McIlroy went on to birdie the hole and Koepka double bogeyed the hole giving McIlroy a 3 shot swing. Koepka did bounce back on the 8th with a birdie of his own giving him at outward nine of 35 and McIlroy a 33.
McIlroy had a 2 shot lead at the turn and was looking to extend that with two birdies on the 12th and 13th hole. He gave those shots back on the next two holes after making bogeys on each but this is where Koepka came undone. When McIlory had birdies Koepka threw in 2 bogeys and another on the 14th which all but took him out of the tournament.
Schauffele who finished in 2nd never really had a chance to win when McIlroy birdied both the 17th and 18th to claim his second Fed Ex Cup win. It was still a good result for Schauffele who took home a cheque for $5 million USD as he heads into the offseason.
After the round McIlroy reflected on his year. It was only this time last year when he had to watch Tiger Woods come up the 18th green and claim his first PGA Tour victory in years. Also paired in the final group with Woods, McIlroy failed to show up again shooting a final round 4 over and handing Woods the win.
“I must say, I didn’t enjoy that walk last year like everybody else did,” McIlroy said after his round, referencing the 2018 finale. “I played terribly, I got myself into the final group and never took the fight to Tiger.
Koepka said after the round “He just played better. I mean, he played great golf today, pretty much mistake-free. He was impressive to watch”