Rory McIlroy, the loudest voice on the PGA Tour in a tumultuous year, had the last laugh with his clubs when he rallied six strokes behind to claim the Tour championship and win the FedEx Cup for the third time.
McIlroy earned $18 million, bringing his PGA Tour earnings to more than $26 million for the season. He finished with a 4-under 66 to pass Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who birdied just one in 73.
Scheffler was hoping to cap golf’s best year with the FedEx Cup title. Instead, his entry into the record books tied a PGA Tour record for losing the largest 54-hole lead. The last to do so was Dustin Johnson in 2017 at the HSBC Champions.
Sungjae Im pulled back with a double bogey on the 14th hole and still shot a 66 to tie for second with Scheffler. Scheffler and Im each earned $5.75 million.
McIlroy won the FedEx Cup in 2016 in the playoffs. He won the FedEx Cup again in 2019, the first year of a staggered start. But it could have been the sweetest of the fall, after a year in which the PGA Tour has been in a nasty battle with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, which has already attracted around 20 players and made now part of an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
It was McIlroy who declared fierce loyalty to the PGA Tour in recent years when rival leagues came up. And it was McIlroy who joined Tiger Woods in leading a memorable players-only meeting last week that led to some significant changes coming to the tour.