A year ago at East Lake, Rory McIlroy was a quick hit on the big Tiger Woods print. Paired with Woods in the fourth round of the tournament, his only imperative was to survive when the crowd rose to the 18th fairway, enveloping the players for a moment. Just getting out of here with your wallet and all its nails is a win.
Sunday, he took a stroll with the thousands of well-oiled companions behind him, in a slightly gentler version of what is now supposed to be the tradition of the tournament championship to drop the ropes of the gallery before releasing the final curtain.
This time the chants were "Rory, Rory, Rory," not "Tiger, Tiger, Tiger." This time the moment was entirely his, well-earned as any of the other 1
"It's amazing how different things can be in a year," notes the Northern Irishman.
Although not in the property this year, Woods symbolically walks McIlroy up the fairway this year. So far, after Sunday, these are the only two men to win multiple FedEx Cups.
"Every time you did something that only Tiger does, you did something right," McIlroy said.
What is a graded grading system? What new format? McIlroy played his best golf this week, shot the lowest combined score in the 30-man field (13 under) and won the grand prize at the end. Nothing so hard to understand about any of this.
In winning $ 15 million in winning the FedEx Cup, McIlroy was relentless on Sunday. In the 31 holes that ended that day – players had to finish their late third meeting late Sunday morning – it was below 7. It coincided with the low of the final round by 66.
He waved his donkeys back to Nos. 14 and 15, arriving Sunday afternoon, his lead shrinking in an instant to two strokes. But such was his pillow, and so was his resilience – how about these consecutive birds of 17 and 18? – that McIlroy never seems to seem to have had to pay him back for his $ 15 million.
Starting this tournament at 5 below with the scoring system behind four other players at the start, scoring a maximum of five hits. Justin Thomas, McIlroy still made this tournament championship a bit of a smash. His regulated 18 under were four shots better than Xander Schaufele and five ahead of Thomas and Brooks Koepka.
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When they finished the third round early Sunday, Koepka came out with one hit over McIlroy. The two have been almost inseparable in the last month, with Sunday being the eighth time they have been together during this period. Even though only one of them has posed naked lately, they have made the sexiest two of them possible today.
"McIlroy's game is in great shape right now," said Koepka, the world's No. 1 player. "It's really impressive to watch. As I have said many times before, it is the most fun to watch when playing well. He hits him so well, he does him really well and when he is, man, he is hard to beat. "
Koepka split tennis in the fourth round. He hit only five of the 14 fairways, one miss at No. 7, so wild left that he is still missing. This led to a triple fraud that really turned Koepka from the inside out.
And Thomas, the former FedEx Cup points leader, remember him? The two-stroke lead he brought to East Lake as part of the staged scoring format disappeared faster from the gambler's last chip. He could never recover from his own track triple scam in fourth place 16th early Sunday as he completes his third round, a crouching approach, full terrain sliding back from the green and into thick Bermuda, another clumsy terrain and threesome. FedEx Cup Champion.
"There were really some weird, weird, stupid mistakes this week," Thomas said. "I did a double on Thursday with the right wedge at 3. And then I made 7 this morning with the 9th in the middle of the fairway. I mean, it's five, six strokes and could potentially cost me FedExCup. "
As for the winner, he said he was quite pleased with the new FedEx Cup Champion Designation System. "It will take some time to get used to, but I think it went well for the first time," McIlroy said.
When rewriting the FedEx Cup rules – again – the PGA Tour sought some of the best minds in the country for the important task of coping with a rich golfer's enrichment system.
Visited MIT and Sloan School of Management Tour. The big brains are said to have launched a million simulations with the new format, which appeared in East Lake this week, to ensure the fairest competition.
Finally, practical use for science.
McIlroy on Sunday revealed a great flaw. As always, when he is able to win at the start of the last round, they may need to introduce a whole other set of handicaps just to keep that thing close to the end. Maybe make him carry his own bag the last 18 holes. Or with the James James Baleam Jane comet down. Or make him notice two or three more hits on the pitch just to keep the public interest in sustaining them.
Honestly, there was something exactly in the way McIlrow made this victory.
He said he challenged himself to speed up and do what he didn't do when playing with Woods in the last group here a year ago (he shot an inspiring 74) and what he didn't do when he played with Koepka in the final group on Sunday last month in Memphis (shooting 71 and fading). "I really wanted to go out there and play well and I really took it to (Koepka), and I did it for the most part," McIlory says.
He kept the result in his head as to where he stood against the field. Forget about grading. McIlroy wanted to win this one the old-fashioned way. "That was my goal at the beginning of the week – to record the lowest result of the week. If that happens the right way, then so be it. I never deviated from this thought process, "he said.
And then, in order to limit all this, we pull back the steps he took a year ago in the long shadow of Woods, but this time he enjoyed every one Because, though he doesn't show it, McIlroy might have been one of the few unlucky witnesses to Woods' big tournament win, even if it was his first in five years. "
" It was pretty cool, "he said McIlroy. "I turned to (caddy Harry Diamond) as we walked up the hill at 18 after hitting a second I frame her and I said, well, this walk is a little more enjoyable than last year – let's not run out of stamping. "
McIlroy may not be the same carrier of crazy gallery disease as Woods.
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