Tour Championship: After overcoming a battle with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler in the Tour Championship’s final round to win in style, Rory McIlroy became the first player to win the FedExCup three times.
McIlroy entered the PGA Tour’s season-ending event six strokes behind Scheffler. He furthered his deficit on Thursday when he triple-bogeyed the first hole, but he fought back to shoot a third-round 63 to close the gap to six shots.
After three bogeys in his first six holes, Scheffler’s commanding lead was gone. McIlroy then caught up with him with four birdies in a five-hole run, but Scheffler still had at least a share of the lead until McIlroy moved ahead with three holes left.
At East Lake Golf Club, the four-time major champion finished the round with a four-under 66 to conclude the week at 21 under, one shot ahead of Sungjae Im and Scheffler, who struggled to a three-over 73. Xander Schauffele was three strokes back in fourth place.
A memorable Sunday in East Lake
While McIlroy returned early on Sunday morning to birdie the final two holes to guarantee a final-round match with the No. 1 in the world, Scheffler began his third round one ahead but birdied four of his next six holes to establish a six-shot lead.
Both players bogeyed the opening par-four, and Scheffler three-putted from a distance to narrow his lead to five. McIlroy answered with a birdie at the third hole, while Im, who was playing in the group ahead, posted back-to-back birdies to halve Scheffler’s pre-round lead.
McIlroy birdied both holes and added another from 17 feet at the seventh to temporarily take a share of the lead after Scheffler made bogey at the fourth and failed to get up and down from the sand to save par at the sixth.
Until McIlroy blasted in from eight feet at the 12th to climb to 20 under, Scheffler was able to regain the lead with a close-range birdie at the eighth. Im a shot behind the leader after making up for a bogey at the eighth by taking a shot at the following par three and birdying the twelveth.
The pair were tied with three holes remaining when Scheffler made a putt from 12 feet to preserve par on the 12th hole and McIlroy sank a 30-footer on the following hole to recover from a careless bogey on the 14th.
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