If Brooks Koepka owned the majors in 2019, Rory McIlroy owned everything else. He won the First Non-Major. He had the best statistical scoring season of the decade. And now, in a lucrative stroke of poetic justice, he is the FedEx Cup champion.
After trading the lead with Koepka and Xander Schauffele for the majority of a marathon Sunday, McIlroy pulled late at East Lake to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup and the $15 million grand prize that comes with it.
“I played hard in New York, and then in Chicago, and then here,” McIlroy said after the round. “I’m pretty tired. But I’m about to enjoy a few drinks tonight.”
His final-round 66 and four-round (adjusted) total of 18 under was good for a four-shot victory over Schauffele, whose consolation will be a $5 million check for second.
Koepka and Justin Thomas, who won last week’s BMW Championship and entered this week leading the season-long points race, finished tied for third and will each take home $3.5 million for their efforts.
The victory is McIlroy’s third of the season, to go along with the Players and RBC Canadian Open, and the 17th of his PGA Tour career. He joins Tiger Woods as the only players to have won two FedEx Cups. It’s always a good thing when the only two people to have done something are you and Tiger Woods.