Rory McIlroy becomes Tour Championship and FedEx Cup king, earns a whopping $11.5 million payday

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It was a fine day for 27-year-old Rory McIlroy after Sunday’s sensational finale at the Tour Championship. Considering several big-time putts missed, a birdie putt gave the title for the Northern Irishman and it’s also the first time the world no. 3 has ever won the FedEx Cup. He will go home with a total $11.5 million money prize from a $10 million FedEx Cup prize and a $1.5 million Tour Championships pot.

“I took advantage of my opportunities today and yeah, here we are,” McIlroy said.

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“It was incredible,” world no. 3 McIlroy said at the victory presentation. “Sorry for the hoarse voice. I sort of lost my voice screaming at the end.”

McIlroy was short of three shots with three holes to play in the Tour Championship but after almost two hours, the Irishman holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole.

According to The Telegraph, the tourney saw the very best of McIlroy. It was McIlroy at his most thrilling, winning over the pressures that he had to face to rake back a three-shot deficit in the last three holes to keep himself alive for a play-off against two Americans Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell.
“I feel my game is coming together at the right time. Two wins in the last three feels pretty nice,” he said. “All I wanted to do was concentrate on winning the Tour Championship.”
BBC said that both Rory McIlroy and Moore each took par after a second trip down the 18th and on the third hole at 15 right before he birdied the 16th to clinch the 10th edition of the FedEx up.
“I couldn’t control what anyone else did. I needed to come out here and play a really good round of golf. I just wanted to go out and play the way I have been playing,” said McIlroy.
McIlroy will take part in Europe’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next weekend.
Photo courtesy: Andrew Campbell/Flickr
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