McIl­roy wins USPGA Tour Cham­pi­onship and US$10 mn FedEx bonus

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

RORY MCIL­ROY rolled in a 14foot birdie putt at the fourth hole of a sud­den death play­off to edge Ryan Moore for the USPGA Tour Cham­pi­onship and claim the US$10 il­lion (RM41.4m) FedExCup play­off bonus.

With the play­off prize and the US$1.53mil­lion (RM6.33m) win­ner’s check, four-time ma­jor cham­pion McIl­roy earned a to­tal pay­day of US$11.53mil­lion (RM47.7m) at East Lake in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia.

“It was in­cred­i­ble,” said McIl­roy, who with his vic­tory in the Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship has won US$13.81mil­lion (RM57.2m) in the play­offs. “All I wanted to do at the start of the day was con­cen­trate on win­ning the Tour Cham­pi­onship. Some­how I was able to tie it up in reg­u­la­tion and get into the play­off.”

World No. 2 Dustin John­son fin­ished tied for sixth but af­ter com­ing into the sea­son fi­nale atop the FedExCup stand­ings would have still claimed the play­off bonus if ei­ther Moore or Kevin Chap­pell had won the tour­na­ment.

Chap­pell was elim­i­nated at the first hole of the play­off – the par-five 18th where McIl­roy missed a six-foot ea­gle at­tempt that would have won it all.

Moore drained a nine-foot birdie putt at the first play­off hole and he and McIl­roy re­turned to play 18 again, both emerg­ing with pars, as they did at the third play­off hole, the par-three 15th.

The fourth play­off hole took them to the par-four 16th, where McIl­roy belted a 328-yard drive. Moore had made his par-sav­ing putt when McIl­roy stepped up and drained his 14-foot birdie at­tempt.

McIl­roy’s (pix) tri­umph came at the same 16th hole where he surged into the play­off mix by hol­ing out from 140 yards out in the fair­way for ea­gle.

He fol­lowed that with a tap-in birdie at 18 to cap a 64 to join Moore, who also carded a 64, and Chap­pell, who shot a 66, on 12-un­der par 268.

“I knew I needed some­thing to hap­pen,” McIl­roy said. “I said to my­self on the 15th tee, if I can fin­ish with three threes I’ll give my­self a chance.

“I didn’t quite think the ea­gle was go­ing to come as soon as it did,” he added. “But when some­thing like that hap­pens, you have to make the most of it. The holed shots from the fair­way, it is part skill, but there’s an epic part of luck in there as well, and I took ad­van­tage of it ... A lot of things had to go right for me to­day, and they did. “Ev­ery­thing fell into place.” Eng­land’s Paul Casey also posted a 64 to fin­ish alone on 271. Ja­pan’s Hideki Mat­suyama signed for a 69 for 274. – AFP

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