Rory McIlroy has made a name for himself, this much is clear. He joins the ranks of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Jordan Spieth in winning three majors by the age of 25. His love for other sports helps him transcend the game and his controversial statements add drama to a more than often boring scene.
Although McIlroy will not be defending his title at the Tour Championship this year, that does not diminish the hard work he’s put in. Rib issues, caddie change-ups, and a putting crisis have plagued the major champion’s season but hopefully, this just means he will be more prepared next season.
As the Tour Championship approaches, what better way to remind the world just how exciting golf can be, thanks to Rory McIlroy. Throughout the tournament, because of Dustin Johnson’s recent success, he was definitely the favorite to win the $10 million bonus. What wasn’t expected, was for McIlroy to play the game of inches and walk away with the biggest haul in golf.
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Let’s start from the beginning. The four-time major champion posted rounds of 68 and 70 to keep pace with midway leader Dustin Johnson. Moving day, however, pushed McIlroy within two strokes of the lead with a four-under 66.
After reaching the turn on Sunday with a 34, Rory made back to back birdies from the 10th and then holed out for eagle on the 16th. With a closing birdie, he finished with the low round of the day at 64, and put him in a playoff with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell.
Chappell was eliminated after the first hole and in dramatic fashion, Moore and McIlroy battled it out over three additional holes matching each other’s birdie, par, and par. The fourth and final extra hole was completed with Rory draining a 15-foot birdie putt for the win, winning the bonus over Dustin Johnson.
Just because a player has a bad season, doesn’t mean we should forget about their accomplishments in the past. Rory has grown the game in his own right, even if he doesn’t think it’s his responsibility to do so. It’s unfortunate that he won’t be at East Lake this year to compete but there are many more FedEx Cup’s in this Northern Irishman’s future.