Tour Championship: Rory McIlroy wins by four shots for second title

Tour Championship: Rory McIlroy wins by four shots for second title

Given how many times during the year fans have to hear about the importance of every FedEx Cup point, the sudden meaninglessness of positioning was felt by Friday night at East Lake.

The four majors might have been a complete write-off this season but, as far as regular PGA Tour events are concerned, McIlroy was seeking his third win and 14th top ten in just 19 starts.

This time the chants were for McIlroy.

"His game is in great form right now", Koepka said afterward. "He was impressive to watch".

The Tour Championship used a staggered scoring system for the first time, based on accumulated points.

Koepka seems to have the inside track. Koepka was looking for a pot of gold to go with all the glory of a win and three other top four finishes in the majors.

"The Holy Grail is three", he said, because only Tiger Woods has reached that exalted number.

One man was killed and five others injured while sheltering under a tree at the 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine in Minnesota. "I thought about the final group with Tiger past year, the final group with Brooks in Memphis a few weeks ago, and I really wanted to go out there and play well and really take it to him, and I did that".

Hearing from announcers how much money was on the line felt undignified at times given the setting: the home of lifelong amateur Bobby Jones.

One shot behind, McIlroy took the lead with a 3-shot swing on No. 7 and never let Koepka or Xander Schauffele catch him in the Tour Championship. "I made those two bogeys on 14 and 15 and a huge par save on 16 and then was able to birdie the last two".

In retrospect, quite well.

Thomas had started the tournament with a score of 10 under, two ahead of Patrick Cantlay on eight under and three clear of Koepka, who began on seven under.

Schauffele shot a final-round 70.

We now know that a two-stroke lead, or even a five-stroke lead, can mean very little.

Justin Thomas leads Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka in the season-ending tournament. He also joins Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedEx Cup champions.

McIlroy took the fight to Koepka just four weeks after being given a lesson by the American when they were paired in the final round at a World Golf Championships event in Memphis. He wanted to atone for both disappointments. Play will resume Sunday morning.

"When we suspend play, we encourage everybody to leave and take shelter anywhere they can", Mark Russell, the PGA Tour's vice president of Rules & Competition, said.

"I was so nervous on 18", Van Rooyen said. "I scrambled. I hung in there".

"My goal was to shoot the lowest score of the week", he said. The $2.5 million that Paul Casey pocketed for finishing fifth was more than the $2.25 million winning payouts at this year's U.S. Open and Players Championship. He put it in the fairway a lot, hit a lot of greens. The two players who tied for last in the 30-man field - Dustin Johnson and Lucas Glover - got $400,000 apiece.

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