Rory McIlroy wins the TOUR Championship after 4-hole Playoff

**Rory McIlroy defeated Ryan Moore on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the 2016 Tour Championship. Kevin Chappell was eliminated on the first playoff hole. McIlroy also wins the 2016 FedExCup and the $10 million season-long bonus.**

Final-Round Leaderboard

*Rory McIlroy                           68-70-66-64—268 (-12)

Ryan Moore                              70-68-66-64—268 (-12)

Kevin Chappell                          66-68-68-66—268 (-12)

Paul Casey                               68-70-69-64—271 (-9)

Hideki Matsuyama                    66-71-68-69—274 (-6)

Justin Thomas                          68-71-69-67—275 (-5)

Dustin Johnson                         66-67-69-73—275 (-5)

Adam Scott                               69-71-71-65—276 (-4)

Jason Dufner                            73-67-66-73—276 (-4)

*won playoff with birdie at fourth extra hole

TOUR Championship

The top-five players in the FedExCup standings entering the TOUR Championship controlled their own destiny. Here’s where they finished in the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup.

FEC           Name                           Position                 FedExCup Finish

1                Dustin Johnson             T6                                      2

2                Patrick Reed                 T24                                    3

3                Adam Scott                   T8                                      4

4                Jason Day                    WD                                    6

5                Paul Casey                   4th                                      5

 

What a finish to the 4th and final round of play in the TOUR Championship. A 4-hole playoff to win it all for Rory, Dustin Johnson falls apart to lose the tournament and the FedEx Cup, Kevin Na runs the full 18 and finishes in 1hr and 59mins. and Kevin Chappell’s early-round domination just wasn’t enough to win it.

“Finishing with a 5, I’m not going to win any golf tournaments. Have to learn from it. I’ll be better next time,” Chappell said afterwards. “The two lies I drew on 17 and 18 were bad… But I got some good breaks up to that point. Play again in Malaysia and hopefully get in the mix again, and we’ll see what happens.”

PGA Golf TOUR Championship

Then there’s Dustin Johnson, who had been dominant all week and ended up letting the lead (and a few million dollars) slip away. He talked about that and how he became Ryan Moore’s biggest fan:

Yeah, obviously, since I had a chance — if Ryan would have beat Rory in the playoff, I would have had a chance to win the FedExCup, which obviously would have been really cool. Like I was saying, it didn’t feel right because I didn’t win the TOUR Championship. That’s why I was here to win. I knew I controlled my own destiny.

You know what, I had a great year. I’m very pleased with how I played. Obviously, we’ve got our big week next week with the Ryder Cup. So I’m looking forward to that and looking forward to getting back here next year and get it done.”

Rory McIlroy golf TOUR Championship

It was a great weekend for golf. The TOUR Championship couldn’t have asked for a better unscripted, dramatic finish. Rory McIlroy won the TOUR Championship as well as the FedEx Cup so as you can imagine, he was in high spirits. “It means an awful lot (to win the FedEx Cup). I’ve made it no secret that it’s one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golfing CV, and I made it a big goal of mine especially after the summer had gone, to win it. So to be here and to win the FedExCup, especially where I came in in the mid-30s somewhere, to play the way I have in the last few weeks to get it done is very special.”

Rory McIlroy’s 13 PGA TOUR titles:

2010 – Wells Fargo Championship

2011 – U.S. Open

2012 – The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship

2014 – The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship

2015 – World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship

2016 – Deutsche Bank Championship, TOUR Championship

 

McIlroy now has four wins in FedExCup Playoffs events in his career, the most of any player in FedExCup Playoffs history.

McIlroy has now won multiple World Golf Championships events, multiple Major Championships, four Playoff events and the FedExCup in his career.

With two victories this season (Deutsche bank Championship, TOUR Championship), McIlroy is joined by Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Russell Knox as one of the six players to capture multiple victories this season.

He also became the seventh international player, and first from Northern Ireland, to win the TOUR Championship: Mike Weir (2001, Canada); Vijay Singh (2002, Fiji); Retief Goosen (2004, South Africa); Adam Scott (2006, Australia); Camilo Villegas (2008, Colombia); and Henrik Stenson (2013, Sweden). He also joins Henrik Stenson (2013, Sweden) and Vijay Singh (2008, Fiji) as the third international winner of the FedExCup.

And with a finish like this, we’re certainly looking forward to next year!

-Jon J.

Photo: Hakim Wright

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