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Rory McIlroy Captures the Tour Championship

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ATLANTA — Back on Thursday, his scorecard a shambles after only two holes on the Tour Championship, Rory McIlroy didn’t find himself fascinated about golf’s comeback magicians, or his fellow major champions, or perhaps a man sufficiently old to drink in america.

He considered the instance of a 20-year-old player, Joohyung Kim, also often known as Tom Kim, who won the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., this month.

“He began with a quad and ended up occurring to win the golf tournament,” McIlroy, who had opened his Tour Championship with a triple-bogey and a bogey, said then. “It is feasible.”

So McIlroy proved it himself: Three days after he produced an quick debacle at East Lake Golf Club and 6 weeks after he faltered on the British Open, he captured the Tour Championship on Sunday, when he assumed the lead only after the sixteenth hole finally went quiet.

McIlroy’s surge on the par-70 course not removed from downtown Atlanta — he shot 67, 67, 63 and 66 across his 4 rounds — upended Scottie Scheffler’s ambitions for the FedEx Cup and closed one of the crucial turbulent PGA Tour seasons in history.

By the ultimate holes on Sunday evening, the tour’s worries about crowning a champion who might soon defect to LIV Golf, the brand new series that has challenged generations of golf orthodoxy and attracted among the game’s finest players and largest brands, had faded. However the victory by McIlroy, who has won more FedEx Cup titles (three) than another golfer, allowed the tour to have a good time a player who has turn into one among the old order’s most forceful stalwarts, if one who has currently been upset on among the game’s biggest stages.

McIlroy lurked all through Sunday, his threat to Scheffler, the world’s top-ranked golfer and the tournament leader until the evening, vivid after he birdied the ultimate two holes of the third round that had been suspended due to weather.

McIlroy’s fourth round began with a bogey, but he made birdie on No. 3 to bring his rating even for the day. Starting with the fifth hole, he stitched together three consecutive birdies that may undergird a 32 on the front nine. Scheffler, McIlroy’s partner in the ultimate pairing, had three bogeys in the primary half of the fourth round.

There have been moments when it appeared that McIlroy could stumble again, like on the 14th hole, where a bogey made it look like Scheffler could still hold on in his quest for the $18 million top prize and the FedEx Cup.

Then got here No. 15, where McIlroy lined up a 31-foot putt. He tapped the ball after which stood like a statue, his putter barely aloft because the ball broke to the left. Then it swung toward the outlet, McIlroy stepping back — and willing, praying, something — a couple of steps before it rolled into the cup. He raised his right fist in jubilation.

“I actually fought hard today — Rory just played a very good round of golf,” Scheffler said. “He made some key putts there at the top, and he definitely deserved to win.”

Scheffler finished in a tie for second with Sungjae Im, one among golf’s most promising young players. Xander Schauffele was two strokes behind them, and Max Homa and Justin Thomas finished tied for fifth, trailing McIlroy by 4 strokes.

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