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Tour Championship: Rory McIlroy wins title in Atlanta to claim FedEx Cup

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy’s eagle shot from 137 yards at 16 was his longest hole out on the PGA Tour in three years

Rory McIlroy beat Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell in a play-off to win the Tour Championship and claim the FedEx Cup.

The Northern Irishman rolled in a birdie from 15 feet to edge out Moore on the fourth play-off hole and win the $1.5m (£1.15m) tournament.

The world number three’s victory was enough to see him beat Dustin Johnson to the $10m (£7.7m) FedEx Cup prize.

US Open champion Johnson carded a 73 to leave him seven shots off the leaders at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

McIlroy and Moore both hit final-round 64s to set up a three-way play-off with Moore’s fellow American Chappell, who posted a 66.

McIlroy, who will be part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine next weekend, said he was determined not to let the FedEx Cup prize affect his approach to the final round.

“All I wanted to do was concentrate on winning the Tour Championship,” said 27-year-old McIlroy, who also won the Deutsche Bank Championship three weeks ago.

“I couldn’t control what anyone else did. I needed to come out here and play a really good round of golf. I just wanted to go out and play the way I have been playing.

“I feel my game is really coming together at the right time, and two wins in the last three feels pretty nice.”

McIlroy was three shots off the lead with three holes to play but a 137-yard eagle at the 16th sparked his fightback.

A birdie at 18, after a chip from a bunker to within two feet, sealed his place in the play-off.

Both McIlroy and Moore birdied the first play-off hole at 18, but the Ulsterman was unlucky to see his eagle putt hit the lip following a brilliant second shot to within six feet.

With Chappell eliminated, McIlroy and Moore each took par after a second trip down the 18th, and on the third play-off hole at 15, before McIlroy birdied the 16th to win the 10th edition of the FedEx Cup.

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