Rory McIlroy rode an improbable late rally into a playoff with the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup at stake on Sunday, then won them both by holing a 15-foot birdie putt to beat Ryan Moore on the fourth extra hole.
It came on the same 16th hole at East Lake Golf Club at which McIlroy had holed his second shot from 137 yards for eagle in regulation. He followed with a tap-in birdie putt at 18 that allowed him to join a playoff with Moore and Kevin Chappell.
“It was incredible,” McIlroy said. “All I wanted to do was concentrate on winning the Tour Championship. I couldn’t control what anyone else did. I just needed to come out here and play a really good round of golf.”
Had either Chappell or Moore won the tournament, Dustin Johnson would have won the FedEx Cup and its $10 million payoff. Johnson, who began the final round tied for the lead, imperiled his FedEx Cup bid by shooting a three-over par 73, the highest score in the field on Sunday, to fall to a tie for sixth.
McIlroy, who three weeks earlier won the second FedEx Cup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, shot a six-under par 64 in the final round.
Both Moore and Chappell missed opportunities to win on the 72nd hole, Moore missing an eight-foot birdie putt, Chappell and 23-foot birdie putt. A few minutes earlier, Chappell had bogeyed the 17th hole.
McIlroy’s winning putt came moments after Moore, who also shot 64, had holed an 18-foot par-saving putt.