There was no Dustin Johnson coronation on Sunday in Atlanta. Instead, the TOUR Championship, the FedEx Cup Title, and that sweet $10 million bonus are headed back across the pond to where golf began.
Rory McIlroy rallied from three shots down with three holes to go to take part in a three-man playoff, which he then won over Ryan Moore on the fourth hole.
“I’ve made it no secret that it’s one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golf CV, and I made it a big goal of mine to win it,” McIlroy said. “To be here and to win the FedEx Cup … to play the way I have in the last few weeks to get it done, is very special.”
Down four strokes to Johnson and Kevin Chappell entering Sunday, McIlroy was just 1-under at the break. He started the back nine with back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11, then brought the crowd to its feet with a 137-yard eagle on No. 16. He went on to birdied 18 to finish with a 64.
That score was matched by Moore, who caught fire with five birdies between No. 4 and No 10. The two wound up in a playoff with Chappell, who fired a final-round 66. Chappell was in position for an outright win but bogeyed No. 17.
And then there was Johnson, who after masterfully conquering the first 54 holes, floundered his way to a 3-over 73 on Sunday. At 1-under through four holes, Johnson bogeyed 5, 6, and 8 to sit 1-over at the break. He double-bogeyed No. 12 to slam the door at his good shot at taking over the No. 1 spot in the world, along with the tournament win and overall title.