Rory McIlroy Wins PGA Tour Championship And A Massive Payday

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    Rory McIlroy

    The TOUR Championship is the culmination of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season and the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs. The road to the TOUR Championship began with the top 125 players qualifying for The Barclays (won by Patrick Reed), followed by the top 100 players at the Deutsche Bank Championship (won by Rory McIlroy) and the top 70 players at the BMW Championship (won by Dustin Johnson). Each playoff event, including this week’s TOUR Championship, offers 2,000 FedExCup points to the winner.

     

    Final-Round Leaderboard

    *Rory McIlroy                           68-70-66-64—268 (-12)

    Ryan Moore                              70-68-66-64—268 (-12)

    Kevin Chappell                          66-68-68-66—268 (-12)

    Paul Casey                               68-70-69-64—271 (-9)

    Hideki Matsuyama                    66-71-68-69—274 (-6)

    Justin Thomas                          68-71-69-67—275 (-5)

    Dustin Johnson                         66-67-69-73—275 (-5)

    Adam Scott                               69-71-71-65—276 (-4)

    Jason Dufner                            73-67-66-73—276 (-4)

    *won playoff with birdie at fourth extra hole

     

    The top-five players in the FedExCup standings entering the TOUR Championship controlled their own destiny. Here’s where they finished in the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup.

    FEC           Name                           Position                 FedExCup Finish

    1                Dustin Johnson             T6                                      2

    2                Patrick Reed                 T24                                    3

    3                Adam Scott                   T8                                      4

    4                Jason Day                    WD                                    6

    5                Paul Casey                   4th                                      5

     

    A points reset took place following the BMW Championship giving all 30 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup.

     

    The top-five finishers in the FedExCup are listed below;

    FEC Finish                                     Name                     Start Position             

    1                                                    Rory McIlroy                       6

    2                                                    Dustin Johnson                   1

    3                                                    Patrick Reed                       2                             

    4                                                    Adam Scott                         3

    5                                                     Paul Casey                        5

     

    The playoff between Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell marked the 10th time extra holes have been required to decide the winner of the TOUR Championship. The most recent playoff at this event was 2011 when Bill Haas defeated Hunter Mahan at the third extra hole. Four extra holes is the longest playoff in TOUR Championship history.

     

    Twenty-nine of 44 stroke-play events in the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season have been decided via playoff (13) or one stroke (16). The most recent playoff before todays was at the Barbasol Championship when Aaron Baddeley defeated Si Woo Kim on the fourth extra hole.

     

    With neither 54-hole co-leader Dustin Johnson or Kevin Chappell capturing the TOUR Championship, the third-round leader/co-leader has won 19 of 29 times at the TOUR Championship. The last to do so was Jordan Spieth in 2015.

     

    The third-round leader/co-leader has won 19 of 43 stroke-play events this season, most recently Dustin Johnson at the BMW Championship.

     

    TOUR Championship winners by age:

    Winners in their 20s:                       10

    Winners in their 30s:                       16

    Winners in their 40s:                       4

     

    Rory McIlroy, Began No. 6 in the FedExCup, Finished No. 1

    Rory McIlroy holed out from 137 yards on No. 16 to move to 11-under and one stroke behind leader Kevin Chappell at the time. A final-hole birdie in regulation moved him to 12-under and forced a three-way playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. After Chappell exited the playoff with a par at the first extra hole (No. 18) and Moore had made birdie, McIlroy needed to hole an eagle putt from five feet to claim the TOUR Championship title, and the FedExCup, but his putt lipped out on the right side. Moore and McIlroy returned to the 18th for a second playoff hole, which was halved with pars, before crossing over to No. 15, the 201-yard par-3 over water. Another halve required a fourth extra hole, the 16th, where McIlroy holed out earlier in the day. After Moore had saved par with a putt from 20 feet, McIlroy drilled his birdie putt from 15 feet to claim the title. By winning the TOUR Championship, McIlroy earned 2,000 FedExCup points for a 3,120 points total to surpass Dustin Johnson on the standings and finish 740 points ahead. Johnson shot a final-round 73 to fall to T6 and earn 380 FedExCup points.

     

    McIlroy wins his 13th PGA TOUR title in his 117th start on TOUR at the age of 27 years, 4 months, 21 days.

     

    With his win, McIlroy now has the second-most wins (13) on the PGA TOUR since the start of the 2008 season.

    Most PGA TOUR victories since 2008:

    Player                          Wins

    Tiger Woods                 18

    Rory McIlroy                13

    Dustin Johnson             12

    Jason Day                    10

    Phil Mickelson              10

     

    Rory McIlroy’s 13 PGA TOUR titles:

    2010 – Wells Fargo Championship

    2011 – U.S. Open

    2012 – The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship

    2014 – The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship

    2015 – World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship

    2016 – Deutsche Bank Championship, TOUR Championship

     

    McIlroy now has four wins in FedExCup Playoffs events in his career, the most of any player in FedExCup Playoffs history.

     

    McIlroy has now won multiple World Golf Championships events, multiple Major Championships, four Playoff events and the FedExCup in his career.

     

    With two victories this season (Deutsche bank Championship, TOUR Championship), McIlroy is joined by Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Russell Knox as one of the six players to capture multiple victories this season.

     

    McIlroy became the seventh international player, and first from Northern Ireland, to win the TOUR Championship: Mike Weir (2001, Canada); Vijay Singh (2002, Fiji); Retief Goosen (2004, South Africa); Adam Scott (2006, Australia); Camilo Villegas (2008, Colombia); and Henrik Stenson (2013, Sweden). He also joins Henrik Stenson (2013, Sweden) and Vijay Singh (2008, Fiji) as the third international winner of the FedExCup.

     

    McIlroy was one of 10 international players in the field. Those players represented nine countries outside of the United States:

    Rank      Player                      Country

    3            Adam Scott              Australia

    4            Jason Day               Australia

    5            Paul Casey              England

    6            Rory McIlroy            Northern Ireland

    8            Russell Knox            Scotland

    9            Emiliano Grillo          Argentina

    17          Hideki Matsuyama    Japan

    18          Si Woo Kim              South Korea

    29          Jhonattan Vegas      Venezuela

    30          Charl Schwartzel      South Africa

     

    Although McIlroy was victorious on the European Tour this season, heading into the FedExCup Playoffs, his last PGA TOUR victory was the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship, and he entered this year’s FedExCup Playoffs at No. 36 in the standings. To begin the Playoffs, McIlroy had recorded six top-10 finishes in 11 starts on TOUR with top-five finishes at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship and The Open Championship. After a T31 at The Barclays, McIlroy found his putting stroke and was able to follow an opening-round 71 with rounds of 67, 66 and 65 for a two-stroke win and his 12th PGA TOUR victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He began the final round six shots behind leader Paul Casey to win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

     

    With the victory sandwiched between two finishes outside the top 30, McIlroy entered the Playoffs Finale at No. 6 in the standings. This was McIlroy’s fourth time qualifying for the TOUR Championship in the last five years, with his previous-best finish (T2) coming in 2014.

     

    Six of McIlroy’s 11 stroke-play victories on the PGA TOUR have been in come-from-behind fashion.

     

    Rory McIlroy FedExCup Playoffs history

    Year       Final Rank      Began Playoffs Rk        Barclays      Deutsche Bank    BMW              TOUR Champ

    2010      36                   21                                T56 (28)       T37 (29)              T37 (36)

    2012      2                     3                                  T24 (4)         1 (1)                    1 (1)              T10 (2)

    2013      50                   49                                T19 (3)         T47 (41)              T59 (50)

    2014      3                     1                                  T22 (2)         T5 (2)                  T8 (4)              T2 (3)

    2015      15                   9                                  DNP (15)      T29 (17)              T4 (11)              T16 (11)

    2016      1                     36                                T31 (38)       1 (4)                    T42 (6)        1 (1)

     

    Rory McIlroy’s Statistics at the 2016 TOUR Championship:

    Fairways Hit:                                  30/56              11                            

    Driving Distance:                            314.7              3

    Greens in Regulation:                     56/72              2

    Total Putts:                                     115                 12

    Strokes Gained – Total:                  2.604              T1

    Strokes Gained – Putting                -0.107             13

    Strokes Gained – Off the Tee          1.651              1

    Strokes Gained-Approach to Green 0.651              6

    Strokes Gained- Around Green        0.408              8

    Strokes Gained-Tee to Green          2.711              2

     

    Rory McIlroy’s Bio:

    EXEMPT STATUS: Winner, 2011 U.S. Open; multiple tournament winner (through 2019-20)
    FULL NAME: Rory McIlroy
    HEIGHT: 5-10
    WEIGHT: 160
    BIRTHDATE: May 4, 1989
    BIRTHPLACE: Holywood, Northern Ireland

    RESIDENCE: Holywood, Northern Ireland
    FAMILY: Single
    SPECIAL INTERESTS: Football (Manchester United), rugby, cars, movies, music
    TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 2007
    JOINED TOUR: 2010

     

    Ryan Moore, Began No. 14 in FedExCup, Finished No. 7

    Ryan Moore closed with a bogey-free 6-under 64 in the final round to move into a three-way playoff with Rory McIlroy and Kevin Chappell. After Chappell dropped out with a par at the first extra hole, Moore made three additional pars to fall to Rory McIlroy’s birdie.

     

    The runner-up finish was Moore’s fourth top-five result this season. He was third at the Valspar Championship, T5 at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play and won the John Deere Classic last month.

     

    Moore has advanced to the TOUR Championship three times. In 2010 he finished T9. In 2012 he was T3. The 72 he shot in the second round in 2010 is his only round over par in 12 total rounds at East Lake.

     

    Moore earned his fifth victory on the PGA TOUR this season when he won the John Deere Classic last month. Other TOUR wins include; 2009 Wyndham Championship, 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2014 CIMB Classic, 2015 CIMB Classic.

     

    Ryan Moore is one of 16 players who have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs in all 10 seasons since the inception of the FedExCup. Others are Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, Justin Rose, Charles Howell III, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Jerry Kelly, John Senden and Jim Furyk.

     

    Kevin Chappell, Began No. 15 in FedExCup, Finished No. 8

    Kevin Chappell made a late bogey at No. 17, only his third bogey for the week, to fall into a tie for the lead at 12-under. A par at the final hole of regulation eventuated in a three-way playoff which he exited after a par at the first extra hole.

     

    Chappell has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for six consecutive years but this is his first appearance in the TOUR Championship. Although still looking for this maiden PGA TOUR victory, Chappell has come close to winning with six top-5 finishes this season.  In addition to a T3 in his debut at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Chappell recorded four runner-up finishes this season (RSM Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, THE PLAYERS Championship, TOUR Championship). He was also T4 at the Valero Texas Open.

     

    After sharing the 54-hole lead with Dustin Johnson, Chappell has yet to convert any of his three 54-hole lead/co-leads into victory. Chappell had twice previously held a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World where he finished T3 and the 2015 Quicken Loans National where he finished T18.

     

    Chappell was looking to join Chad Campbell (2003), Bart Bryant (2005), Bill Haas (2011) and Henrik Stenson (2013) as players to win the TOUR Championship in their first appearance (not including Tom Watson’s win at the first TOUR Championship in 1987). Campbell remains the only player to make the TOUR Championship hisr first career PGA TOUR victory.

     

    Chappell recorded three holes over par (bogey on No. 11 Friday/bogeys on No. 2 & No. 17Sunday) at East Lake this week. Below are the fewest number of over-par holes by any player in four rounds during a TOUR Championship at East Lake.

    Year     Player                          No. of holes over-par

    2016     Kevin Chappell              3

    2013     Zach Johnson               4

    2007     Vijay Singh                   4
    2007     Rory Sabbatini              4

     

    Sunday marked the sixth time that Kevin Chappell and Dustin Johnson have played together in the same grouping on the PGA TOUR. When Chappell shot 68 on Saturday while paired with Johnson, who posted 69, it marked the first occasion that Chappell had bettered Johnson while being paired with him. He did it again Sunday, shooting 66 to Johnson’s 73.

    Year                      Event                              Round                                  Chappell                             Johnson

    2016                     TOUR Championship       R4                                       66                 73

    2016                     TOUR Championship       R3                                       68                 69

    2016                     Northern Trust Open        R4                                       76                 69

    2015                     Valero Texas Open          R4                                       81                 68

    2013                     BMW Championship         R3                                       73                 72

    2011                     AT&T Pebble Beach         R4                                       78                 74

     

    Paul Casey, Began No. 5 in FedExCup, Finished No. 5

    A final-round 6-under 64 is Paul Casey’s low round in three appearances at East Lake, bettering the 65 he recorded in last year’s opening round. The round is also Casey’s low round of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season.

     

    Paul Casey finished fourth in his third appearance at the TOUR Championship, advancing to the season finale with two runner-up finishes, but without a victory, in each of those three seasons. This season, Casey was second at both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, both FedExCup Playoffs events. Last season, a T5 finish at the TOUR Championship followed playoff losses to James Hahn at the Northern Trust Open and Bubba Watson at the Travelers Championship. In 2010, Casey had runner-up finishes at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play and BMW Championship before finishing T4 at the TOUR Championship.

     

    No. 5 is the best position Casey has finished in the FedExCup. He was sixth in 2010.

     

    Dustin Johnson, Began No. 1 FedExCup, Finished No. 2

    Playing the TOUR Championship for the seventh time in his career, Dustin Johnson was tied for the lead with Kevin Chappell thru 54 holes at the season-ending TOUR Championship in search of his career-best fourth win of the 2015-16 season and his first FedExCup trophy. Johnson, who has finished 5th and T5 in his last two starts at East Lake Golf Club (2013, 2015), added a T6 with a final-round 3-over 73. Johnson waited to see the outcome of the playoff with his fate as prospective winner of the FedExCup in Rory McIlroy’s hands. If Mcilroy had failed to win the playoff for the TOUR Championship, Johnson would have become the FedexCup champion.

     

    Johnson came to the TOUR Championship as the No. 1 player in the FedExCup standings after a win in his last previous start at the BMW Championship. His final-round 73 snapped a string of eighth consecutive round on the 60s, the longest active streak of players remaining from this year’s FedExCup Playoffs.

     

    Johnson was seeking his fourth win in FedExCup Playoffs events, which would be the most of any player in FedExCup Playoffs history. With his T6 finish he moves to second all-time in top-10 finishes at Playoffs events.

    Most top-10s in FedExCup Playoffs history:

    Name                     Top-10s

    Jim Furyk               16

    Dustin Johnson       15

    Adam Scott             13

    Steve Stricker         13

    Jason Day              12

    Sergio Garcia         11

     

    Here’s a look at Johnson’s finishes after holding the 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR.

     

    Dustin Johnson 54-hole leads on the PGA TOUR (72-hole events only)*

    Tournament                                         54-hole status              Final Round     Finish                                                                                                 

    2016 TOUR Championship                    Tie w/ Chappell             73                    T6

    2016 BMW Championship                     2 over Casey                67                    Won

    2015 U.S. Open                                    4-way tie                      70                    T2

    2014 Tournament of Champions            Tie w/ Simpson/Spieth  73                    T6

    2013 WGC-HSBC Champions               5 over Poulter               66                    Won (3 over Poulter)

    2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship        2 over three players      71                    2                                        

    2010 U.S. Open Championship              3 over McDowell           82                    T8

    2010 AT&T Pebble Beach                     Tie w/ Goydos              74                    Won (1 over Duval/Holmes)

    * Johnson was also the 54-hole leader at three events (2013 Tournament of Champions, 2011 Barclays, 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) that were reduced to three rounds due to weather.

     

    Johnson was seeking to become the first player to enter the TOUR Championship at No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and win the event since Tiger Woods in the first FedExCup Playoffs in 2007.

     

    With three victories this season (U.S. Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, BMW Championship), Johnson is joined by Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Russell Knox as one of the six players to capture multiple victories this season.

     

    Johnson and Tiger Woods are the only players to win a major championship, World Golf Championships title and a FedExCup Playoffs event in the same season.

     

    Johnson has recorded 15 top-10 finishes in 22 starts this season, the most of any player.

     

    Johnson’s win at the U.S. Open extended his TOUR-leading active streak of winning at least one tournament in each of his first nine seasons on the PGA TOUR. The list below includes players who won in their first season as a PGA TOUR member.

    Player                          No. of Seasons             Years

    Arnold Palmer                           First 17 seasons            (1955 – 1971)

    Jack Nicklaus                           First 17 seasons            (1962 – 1978)

    Tiger Woods                             First 14 seasons            (1996 – 2009)

    Cary Middlecoff            First 10 seasons            (1947 – 1956)

    Horton Smith                 First 10 seasons            (1928 – 1937)

    Dustin Johnson            First 9 seasons              (2008-Present)

    Sam Snead                               First 9 seasons                         (1937 – 1946) – excluding 1943

    Ernie Els                                  First 7 seasons                         (1994 – 2000)

     

    Additional Player Notes

    Sean O’Hair, at No. 25 heading into the TOUR Championship, was the only player to advance to the TOUR Championship from those who entered the FedExCup Playoffs ranked No. 101 – 125 in the FedExCup standings. O’Hair recorded a career-best nine birdies in a final-round 5-under 65 to finish T17. The record for most birdies in a single round at East Lake belongs to Geoff Ogilvy, who made 10 in his third-round 62 in 2007.

     

    Adam Scott (T4/The Barclays, 4/Deutsche Bank Championship, T4/BMW Championship, T8/TOUR Championship) is the fourth player to finish inside the top 10 in all four FedExCup Playoffs events in a single season: Rory Sabbatini in 2007 (finished No. 4 in FedExCup); Padraig Harrington in 2009 (No. 7); and Dustin Johnson in 2012 (No. 8). Scott finished No. 4 in the FedExCup.

     

    Phil Mickelson recorded six birdies for a back-nine 29 (-6) to shoot 66 in the final round. A triple-bogey 7 at the par-4 seventh hole was the only blemish on his card. Only two players have shot lower nine-hole scores at East Lake – Tiger Woods posted 28 on the original front nine in 2007. Nick Watney also recorded 28 over the original back nine in 2010.

     

    Jason Day withdrew during the second round as a precautionary measure due to a back condition. Day’s management team released the following statement.  –  “Jason has a strained ligament in his lower right back with muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure. Jason should be fine with some rest after a long break in the offseason.”

     

    It is the second consecutive event in which day has been forced to WD after also withdrawing during the final round of the BMW Championship. Day will receive last-place/unofficial money and no FedExCup points for the TOUR Championship.

     

    Kevin Na, playing as a single, birdied the last four holes to shoot a final-round even-par 70. After making the turn in one hour, three minutes, Na challenged himself to complete the round in less than two hours. Although official records are not kept, Na succeeded in his quest, holing a 7-foot putt to complete the round in 1:59:52.

     

    FedExCup Notes

    Here’s a year-by-year look at FedExCup winners and their performance throughout the Playoffs in the years they won:

     

    Year FedExCup Champion Barclays  Deutsche Bank  BMW TOUR Ch.
    2016

    Rory McIlroy

    T31

    1

    T42

    Won

    2015

    Jordan Spieth

    MC

    MC

    T13

    Won

    2014

    Billy Horschel

    MC

    T2

    Won

    Won

    2013

    Henrik Stenson

    T43

    Won

    T33

    Won

    2012

    Brandt Snedeker

    2nd

    6th

    T37

    Won

    2011

    Bill Haas

    T24

    T61

    T16

    Won

    2010

    Jim Furyk

    DNP

    T37

    T15

    Won

    2009

    Tiger Woods

    T2

    T11

    Won

    2nd

    2008

    Vijay Singh

    Won

    Won

    T44

    T22

    2007

    Tiger Woods

    N/A

    T2

    Won

    Won

     

    Here’s a look at the FedExCup winners each season and the seed they were heading into the TOUR Championship;

    Year                 Winner                         Seed

    2007                 Tiger Woods                 1

    2008                 Vijay Singh                   1

    2009                 Tiger Woods                 1

    2010                 Jim Furyk                     11

    2011                 Bill Haas                       25

    2012                 Brandt Snedeker           5

    2013                 Henrik Stenson             2

    2014                 Billy Horschel               2

    2015                 Jordan Spieth               2

    2016                 Rory McIlroy                 6

     

    Since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007, the 2016 TOUR Championship marks the 423rdevent in the FedExCup Playoffs.

     

    The FedExCup Bonus payout is outlined below;

    Position                        Payout

    1                                  $10,000,000

    2                                  $3,000,000

    3                                  $2,000,000

    4                                  $1,500,000

    5                                  $1,000,000

    10                                $500,000

    30                                $175,000

    70                                $110,000

    125                               $70,000

     

    First Timers at the TOUR Championship

    Seven players made their first appearance at the TOUR Championship this week: Russell Knox (23rd), Emiliano Grillo (T10), Justin Thomas (T6), Kevin Chappell (T2), Si Woo Kim (T10), William McGirt (T17) and Jhonattan Vegas (T24).

     

    Rookies and the FedExCup

    Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim are two of seven PGA TOUR rookies who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Grillo, at No. 9 in the FedExCup standings, and Kim (No. 18) are the only two who advanced to the TOUR Championship. Kim posted a bogey-free final-round 65 (-5) to finish T10 at the TOUR Championship, while Grillo shot a final-round 69 to also finish T10. Previously, in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, no more than one rookie in a season has qualified for the TOUR Championship.

     

    Each of the seven rookies who previously qualified for the TOUR Championship also won Rookie of the Year honors:

    Year             Player                               FedExCup Finish

    2016            Emiliano Grillo                   11th

    2016            Si Woo Kim                       17th

    2015            Daniel Berger                    11th

    2014            None                                 –

    2013            Jordan Spieth                    7th

    2012            John Huh                          29th

    2011            Keegan Bradley                 20th

    2010            None                                 –

    2009            Marc Leishman                 20th

    2008            Andres Romero                 28th

    2007            Brandt Snedeker               20th

     

    Scoring Averages for the par-70 East Lake Golf Club:

                                                 Front 9             Back 9             Total       Cumulative

    Thursday                               35.933              34.967              70.900

    Friday                                    35.276              34.897              70.172

    Saturday                                34.345              34.931              69.276

    Sunday                                  34.621              33.448              68.069     69.615

     

    Bogey-free rounds:

    R1 – Kevin Chappell (66)

    R2 – None

    R3 – Kevin Chappell (68), Rory McIlroy (66), Matt Kuchar (68)

    R4 – Ryan Moore (64), Si Woo Kim (65), Adam Scott (65), Brandt Snedeker (67), Gary Woodland (67)

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