McIlroy wins Tour Championship for third FedEx Cup title

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Rory McIlroy reacts after making a birdie putt on the fifteenth green during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club Sunday, August 28, 2022 in Atlanta. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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Rory McIlroy, the strongest voice for the PGA Tour in a turbulent year, had the final say with his clubs on Sunday as he rallied from six shots down to win the Tour championship and win the FedEx Cup for a third time .

McIlroy won $18 million, taking his PGA Tour earnings for the season to over $26 million. He finished with a 4-under 66, passing Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler, who only birdied in a 73.

Scheffler hoped to crown the best golf year with the FedEx Cup title. Instead, his entry in the record book set a PGA Tour record for losing the largest 54-hole margin. The last time Dustin Johnson did that was in 2017 at the HSBC Champions.

Sungjae Im fell behind with a double bogey on the 14th hole and still managed a 66 to share second place with Scheffler. Scheffler and Im each won $5.75 million.

McIlroy won the 2016 FedEx Cup in a playoff. In 2019, he won the FedEx Cup again, the first year with a staggered start. But this was perhaps the sweetest fall after a year that saw the PGA Tour locked in a nasty battle with Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf, which has already attracted around two dozen players and is now part of an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Trip.

It was McIlroy who has declared a deep loyalty to the PGA Tour in recent years as competing leagues came into view. And it was McIlroy, along with Tiger Woods, who chaired a momentous players-only gathering last week that led to significant changes for the Tour.

LPGA TOUR

OTTAWA, Ont. (AP) — Paula Reto won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open for her first LPGA Tour win, finishing with a 4-under-67 one-shot win over Nelly Korda and Hye-Jin Choi.

Reto, 32, finished 19-under 265 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club after opening with a course record 62. She is the fourth South African winner on the LPGA Tour, after Sally Little, Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Buhai – this year’s British Women’s Open Champion.

Missing a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking, Korda also shot a 67.

Choi, who shares the lead in the third round with his South Korean rookie Narin An, had a 69. Three-time champion Lydia Ko had a 63 to finish fourth-placed with 17. A shot a 72 to finish sixth at 15 under.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) – Steve Stricker won the Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills for his second PGA Tour Champions win of the season and ninth overall.

The 55-year-old Stricker closed with a 5-under-67 – recovering from a bogey on the 12th with four straight birdies – for a one-stroke win over Brett Quigley.

Stricker also won the Major Regions tradition in Alabama in May.

Quigley finished with a 68. Jeff Maggert was third with 13 under after a 65.

Second round leader Scott Dunlap (71) and Padraig Harrington (66) finished fourth with 12 under. Harrington won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in upstate New York last week.

EUROPEAN TOUR

CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Thriston Lawrence won the European Masters with a par on the first playoff hole to beat Matt Wallace, who missed a 5-foot putt.

Lawrence, 25, won his second title on the European tour this season, in addition to last November’s Joburg Open in his native South Africa.

Lawrence started the day with a three-stroke lead, carding a 1-under 69 for an 18-under total of 262 at high-altitude Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

Wallace, who was up front in the group, fired a bogey-free 66 to go into his third career playoff. He won the previous two in 2018.

GRAIN FERRY TOUR

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — David Lingmerth led Wire-to-Wire to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and complete a PGA Tour card.

The Swede shagged the final with 3-and-68 and finished 17-under 267 at Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, equaling the tournament record set by Adam Svensson last year.

Lingmerth finished 193rd in the FedEx Cup points list.

Paul Haley II finished second at 15 under after a 68.

US GOLF ASSOCIATION

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — Jill McGill won the US Senior Women’s Open for her third US Golf Association title, finishing with a straight par 73 on a day when nobody broke the par for a one-shot win over Leta Lindley .

McGill, 50, finished NCR Country Club’s South Course with 3 under 289. She also won the 1993 US Women’s Amateur and 1994 US Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Lindley shot a 74. Catriona Matthew shot a 73 and tied for third place with Helen Alfredsson (76), the 2019 winner, with 1 under.

Defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot to 77 and tied for fifth place with 1 over with 2018 winner Laura Davies (78) and Juli Inkster (73). Davies started the round tied with Alfredsson.

OTHER TOURS

Linn Grant shagged the final two holes for a 1-under 68 to win the Skafto Open on the Ladies European Tour by a shot ahead of Lisa Pettersson. It was the fourth LET win this year for the former Arizona State star. …Jillian Hollis won the Circling Raven Championship in Idaho for her third Epson Tour title of her career. She finished with an 8-under 64 and finished at 18-under, two shots ahead of Robyn Choi. Gillian earned $30,000 to jump from 24th to eighth on the money list with $64,562, with the final top 10 earning LPGA Tour tickets. … Sweden won the World Amateur Team Championship in a tiebreak over the United States for its third title and first for the Swedes since 2008. Member troops. The tie was determined by the non-counting results for the final tournament. Louis Rydqvist had a 73, a shot better than Rachel Kuehn. … Riki Kawamoto, a 22-year-old rookie playing at a sponsor’s invitation, has the final hole for a 2-under-70 and a one-shot win over Sang Hee Lee at the Sansan KBC Augusta on the Japan Golf Tour birded. … Anthony Michael won his first Sunshine Tour event after 12 years on the South African circuit. He finished with a 3-under-69 for a one-shot win at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Highland Gate. … Jake Knapp won the CRMC Championship at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota for his third PGA Tour Canada win. Knapp closed with a 6-under-64 and finished with 26-under-254. He had five Eagles during the week to equal the tour record. Wil Bateman (62) was two strokes behind. … Mikael Lindberg won his first title on the European Challenge Tour by scoring a 5-under-66 for a three-shot win at the Indoor Golf Group Challenge, reduced to 54 holes due to weather. … Olympic silver medalist Mone Inami shot 2 under 70 and won the Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament by one shot on the Japan LPGA. … Ji Won Hong closed on a straight par 72 to win the Hanwha Classic by four shots over Min Ji Park on the Korea LPGA. … Adilson Da Silva of Brazil finished with a 2-under 70 to win the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship in Formby by six shots on the Legends Tour.

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