Rory McIlroy, the loudest voice on the PGA Tour in a tumultuous year, had the last laugh with his clubs on Sunday when he rallied six strokes behind to claim the Tour championship and claim the FedEx Cup for the third time.
McIlroy took home $18 million, bringing his PGA Tour earnings to more than $26 million for the season. He finished with a 4-under 66 to pass Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who birdied just one in 73.
Scheffler was hoping to cap golf’s best year with the FedEx Cup title. Instead, his entry into the record books tied a PGA Tour record for losing the largest 54-hole lead. The last to do so was Dustin Johnson in 2017 at the HSBC Champions.
Sungjae Im pulled back with a double bogey on the 14th hole and still shot a 66 to tie for second with Scheffler. Scheffler and Im each earned $5.75 million.
McIlroy won the FedEx Cup in 2016 in the playoffs. He won the FedEx Cup again in 2019, the first year of a staggered start. But it could have been the sweetest of the fall, after a year in which the PGA Tour has been in a nasty battle with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, which has already attracted around 20 players and made now part of an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
It was McIlroy who declared fierce loyalty to the PGA Tour in recent years when rival leagues came up. And it was McIlroy who joined Tiger Woods in leading a memorable players-only meeting last week that led to some significant changes coming to the tour.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Paula Reto won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke win over Nelly Korda and Hye- Jin Choi.
Reto, 32, finished 19-under 265 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club after opening with a course record 62. She is South Africa‘s fourth winner on the LPGA Tour, after Sally Little, Lee- Anne Pace and Ashleigh Buhai. — the champion of the British Women’s Open this year.
Korda missed a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking, also shooting a 67.
Choi, tied for the third-round lead with fellow South Korean rookie Narin An, had a 69. Three-time champion Lydia Ko had a 63 to finish fourth at 17 under. An shot a 72 to tie the game for sixth under 15.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
GREAT WHITE, Mich. (AP) — Steve Stricker won the Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills for his second PGA Tour champions win of the season and ninth overall.
Stricker, 55, closed with a 5-under 67 – rebounding from a bogey on 12 with four straight birdies – for a one-stroke win over Brett Quigley.
Stricker also won the regions big tradition in May in Alabama.
Quigley finished with a 68. Jeff Maggert finished third at 13 under after a 65.
Second-round leader Scott Dunlap (71) and Padraig Harrington (66) finished tied for fourth at 12 under. Harrington won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open last week in upstate New York.
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Thriston Lawrence won the European Masters with a par on the first playoff hole to beat Matt Wallace, who missed a 5-foot putt.
Lawrence, 25, won his second title on the European tour this season to add to the opener at the Joburg Open in his native South Africa last November.
Starting the day with a three-stroke lead, Lawrence shot 1-under 69 for a total of 18-under 262 at the high-altitude Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
Wallace, playing in the front group, shot a bogey-free 66 to enter his third career knockout. He won the previous two in 2018.
KORN FERRY TOUR
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — David Lingmerth led wire to wire to win the Children’s Hospital National Championship and wrap up a PGA Tour card.
The Swede birdied the last for a 3-unde 68 and finished 17-under 267 overall on the Scarlet course at Ohio State University Golf Club, tying the tournament record set last year by Adam Svenson.
Lingmerth finished 193rd on the FedEx Cup points list.
Paul Haley II finished second at 15 under after a 68.
AMERICAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — Jill McGill won the U.S. Senior Women’s Open for her third U.S. Golf Association title, closing with an even par of 73 on a day no one has beaten par for a victory over a knock on Leta Lindley.
The 50-year-old McGill native finished 3-under 289 on the South Course at NCR Country Club. She also won the 1993 US Women’s Amateur and the 1994 US Women’s Amateur Public Links.
Lindley shot a 74. Catriona Matthew shot a 73 to tie for third at 1 under with 2019 winner Helen Alfredsson (76).
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot 77 to tie for fifth at 1 with 2018 winner Laura Davies (78) and Juli Inkster (73). Davies started the round tied for the lead with Alfredsson.
Linn Grant birdied the last two holes for a 1-under 68 to win the Skafto Open on the Ladies European Tour by one stroke over Lisa Pettersson. It was the fourth LET win this year for the former Arizona State star. … Jillian Hollis won the Circling Raven Championship in Idaho for her third career Epson Circuit title. She closed with a 64 under 8 to finish at 18 under, two strokes ahead of Robyn Choi. Gillian won $30,000 to move from 24th to eighth on the money list with $64,562, with the last 10 winning cards on the LPGA Tour. …Sweden won the World Amateur Tag Team Championship in a tiebreaker against the United States for its third title, and the first for the Swedes since 2008. Sweden and the United States are tied at 13 under par using the best two scores of their three-member squads. The tie was determined by the scores not counted for the final round. Louis Rydqvist had a 73, one shot better than Rachel Kuehn. … Riki Kawamoto, a 22-year-old rookie playing by sponsor invitation, birdied the last hole for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot win over Sang Hee Lee in the Sansan KBC Augusta on the Japan Golf Tour. … Anthony Michael won his first Sunshine Tour event after 12 years on the South African circuit. He finished with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Highland Gate. … Jake Knapp won the CRMC Championship at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota for his third victory on the PGA Tour Canada. Knapp finished with a 6-under 64 to finish at 26-under 254. He had five eagles during the week to tie the tour record. Wil Bateman (62) was two strokes back. … Mikael Lindberg claimed his first European Challenge Tour title finishing with a 5-under 66 for a three-stroke win in the Indoor Golf Group Challenge, which was cut to 54 holes due to weather. … Olympic silver medalist Mone Inami shot 2-under 70 and won the Nitori Women’s Golf Tournament by one stroke on Japan’s LPGA. … Ji Won Hong closed with par par 72 and won the Hanwha Classic by four strokes over Min Ji Park on the LPGA of Korea. … Adilson Da Silva of Brazil closed with a 2-under 70 and won the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship in Formby by six strokes on the Legends Tour.
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