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Tour Championship 2022 standings, winner: Rory McIlroy comes from behind to claim $18 million, third FedEx Cup

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We couldn’t discuss the future of the PGA Tour this season without Rory McIlroy’s name on their lips. On Sunday at the 2022 Tour Championship, McIlroy recalled that he was just as much a part of the present. Despite trailing no less than 10 strokes at East Lake Golf Club in the final round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, McIlroy (-21) rallied on Sunday to usurp world No. 1 ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler, who became the first three-time winner in FedEx Cup history and collect the $18 million top prize that accompanies the trophy.

Unlike some tournaments where he digs himself into a hole to fight from – which he surely did by kicking off this event with a triple bogey on Thursday – McIlroy was in the conversation from the start in East Lake by posting 67s. in back-to-back rounds to open play. However, it was the third-round back nine he completed early on Sunday that made him a real contender as Rory hit three of his final six holes to card a 63 and claim his place alongside Scheffler in the final couple as he pressured the 54-hole leader despite being down six shots.

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“I’ve been in the final group here three out of the last five years,” McIlroy said. “I didn’t give myself much of a chance to leave today. Six behind, I thought it was going to be really hard to catch. But [between] my good game and Scottie’s not so good game, it was a ball game before the back nine.”

McIlroy’s fourth round started with a bogey, but he leveled Scheffler after the Texan put three bogeys on his scoreboard in the first six holes. With McIlroy converting five birdies over his first 12 holes, the race was officially on as the two came around the turn. Another bogey on the 14th pushed McIlroy past Scheffler, but Rory immediately responded with an incredible 31-foot birdie putt on the 15th that sent the crowd into a frenzy and again sat him tied at the top of the leaderboard.

It was the 16th par-4 where McIlroy came close to breaking. Sitting in a fairway bunker after his second shot, his third flew over the green nearly 30 yards. However, Rory’s next chip hit the flagpole, Scheffler missed a 9ft putt and McIlroy saved par to take the solo lead and become the first golfer to challenge for the top spot away from Scheffler this week. .

Leading with an inbound shot in the 18th, McIlroy watched Scheffler find a bunker to follow as he bounced his own approach from the stand into the rough. When Scheffler air-balled the green with his third shot from the bunker, it left McIlroy with an opportunity to play conservatively in the middle of the green and two putts for the FedEx Cup crown.

“I feel like Scottie deserves at least half of that today,” McIlroy said for the first time after being presented as champion. “He’s had an amazing season. I feel a little bad…but he’s a hell of a competitor. He’s an even better guy. It was an honor and a privilege to fight him today.”

Scheffler, a four-time PGA Tour winner this season and the best golfer in the world for most of the year, tied for second alongside Sungjae Im; each took home $5.75 million, sharing the second and third prizes.

McIlroy later mentioned the “battle of Georgia” between the two gaming titans as Scheffler got the better of McIlroy at the 2022 Masters at Augusta National in April. As rebounds followed the 26-year-old’s path in the first major championship of the year (and for much of the year), on Sunday the golf gods wanted the man to win. Northern Ireland, making amends for a season that included four top-10 finishes in major championships, including a heartbreaker (in the Open Championship at St. Andrews) and the sourness left in McIlroy’s mouth.

“It means a lot [to win the Tour Championship]“, said McIlroy. “I believe in the game of golf. I believe in this particular tour. I believe in the players on this circuit. It’s the best place in the world to play golf, bar none, and I’ve played all over the world.

“It’s an incredibly proud moment for me, but it should also be an incredibly proud moment for the PGA Tour. They’ve had a tough time this year, but we’re getting through it. It was a show today – – two of the best players in the world go head-to-head for the biggest prize on the PGA Tour – and I hope everyone back home enjoyed it.”

Becoming the figurehead of the PGA Tour, leading the charge against the new LIV Golf Series and still being able to perform at the highest level on the biggest stage, the taste of victory was all the sweeter for McIlroy. in Atlanta.

In a week that began with McIlroy and Tiger Woods spearheading efforts off the golf course to secure the future of the game, it was McIlroy’s performance inside the ropes that again proved what the PGA Tour cannot be recreated.

Here is the breakdown of the rest of the standings at the 2022 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

T2. Scottie Scheffler, Sungjae Im (-20): The stars were aligned for Scheffler to claim history in East Lake. Starting the week with a two-stroke lead, building it up to seven, and entering the final round with a six-stroke advantage, Scheffler simply let the FedEx Cup slip through his fingers. After playing his last six holes in 4 under to wrap up his third round on Sunday morning, it seemed inevitable that this week would continue in much the same way as his spring when he picked up his four wins.

With a win, Scheffler would have secured the richest season in PGA Tour history and only the fifth five-win season in the past decade, joining Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. He would also have put a stamp on what has been a breakout campaign. While the $12.25 million difference between the first-place prize and Scheffler’s T2 sum may sting, Scheffler will take solace in a surprisingly good season. He is likely to be named PGA Tour Player of the Year and remains the world No. 1, but alas, sometimes even the best fail when the lights are brightest.

The adopted son of Atlanta, Im went about his business casually and did his best to recover from a major mistake on his back on Sunday nine. He had found himself within a shot of the header on several occasions, but it was a double bogey at the par-4 14th that finally removed his name from the FedEx Cup. With just one win under his belt this season, Im’s consistency finally paid off in the form of a split check for second place. He entered the playoffs with consecutive second-place finishes and used that momentum to place in the top 15 in a row three times. It’s easy to forget that I’m only 24, and that means a Scheffler-type season isn’t on the horizon for him as he now hopes to lead the international squad to a massive upset when of the Presidents Cup in September.

4. Alexandre Schauele (-18): The East Lake savant was one of three players to hit the lead in the Tour Championship, but Schauffele immediately backed off once he did. Without Saturday’s rain delay, we might be discussing a different story, but ultimately the weekend was its eventual undoing. One of only four players not to beat par in the third round, Schauffele was unable to keep up with his competitor, Scheffler, and ultimately the rest of the field.

T5. Max Homa, Justin Thomas (-17): Homa, the man who won the first tournament of the 2021-22 campaign, finished his season in impressive fashion. Playing his last 56 holes as an under-18, Homa was able to climb from the depths of the rankings and achieve a seven-figure salary. The self-confidence king is only expected to continue that trajectory heading into next year as he has added two wins, a top five Tour Championship finish and (more than likely) an appearance for the United States. in the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow – – the site of his first PGA Tour victory – to his playing resume.

T7. Patrick Cantlay, Sepp Straka (-16): This week had all the makings of back-to-back FedEx Cup titles for Cantlay, as the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year was just enough performance to win the top prize of the year. Starting the week in second at 8 under, the Californian has been a mainstay on the front page of the leaderboard despite some struggles on the greens. Cantlay was among the leaders in both ball-striking metrics, but uncharacteristically ranked outside the top 25 in shots won out of just 29 players. He was statistically better than last season, but despite that feat, the 30-year-old’s material run of the Zurich Classic and BMW Championship looks a little light.

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