Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland became the first three-time winner of the FedEx Cup with a sterling comeback in Sunday’s final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
McIlroy overcame a six-stroke deficit to slip past No. 1 seed Scottie Scheffler and claim the $18 million first prize.
McIlroy shot a 4-under par 66 in the final round and ended up at 21 under for the tournament, capturing a one-stroke victory on Scheffler (73) and South Korea’s Sungjae Im (66).
McIlroy’s effort marked the third-largest final-round comeback on the PGA Tour this year.
McIlroy pulled even with a birdie on the 15th hole from nearly 32 feet away. On the next hole, he appeared in trouble, but a pitch shot hit the pin and he was able to sink a 7-foot par putt. Scheffler took a bogey on the hole after hitting out of a greenside bunker.
Scheffler had a chance to regain a share of the lead, but failed to connect on a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 17. His only birdie in the final round came on the par-4 eighth hole.
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