In the final event of the 2018-19 PGA season, Rory McIlroy showed why he is one of the elite golfers in the world. Rory finished last weekend at -18, four strokes ahead of the field, to win the Tour Championship and claim his second FedEx Cup title. He joins Tiger Woods as the only player to ever win the FedEx Cup twice.
McIlroy entered the tournament in fifth place in the FedEx Cup standings, starting his first round at -5 thanks to the new starting strokes rule. On the Par-70 East Lake course in Atlanta, McIlroy was the only golfer to finish under par all four days, going 66-67-68-66 for a total of -13.
As a result of the victory, McIlroy took home a whopping $15 million prize, the biggest payout in golf history. He surpassed Jordan Spieth from his 2014-15 season in total earnings over a single PGA Tour season, winning a record-setting $24.3 million.
Despite the victory to conclude the PGA Tour season, McIlroy finished second to Brooks Koepka for the PGA of America’s Player of the Year award, which is determined off of points just like the FedEx Cup. Koepka also won the award last year.
Xander Schauffele shot -10 after starting the tournament at -4, finishing solo second and four shots behind Rory. The young Southern California-native took home a cool $5 million as the runner-up. Koepka and Justin Thomas finished T3, earning $3.5 million each. Thomas started the tournament with the lead after winning the BMW Championship but only managed to go -3 over all four days.
Paul Casey, who started the tournament at only -2, finished at -9 in a solo fifth-place finish. He had the third-best score of the tournament excluding starting strokes, trailing McIlroy and Schauffele. Adam Scott, Tony Finau, Chez Reavie, and a three-way tie between Patrick Reed, Kevin Kisner, and Hideki Matsuyama, rounded out the top 10, all earning between $843,000 and $1.9 million for their efforts.
The current PGA Tour season concluded on a high note and will take the next couple of weeks off. But it won’t be gone for long, as the 2019-20 campaign tees off at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in mid-September.