Rory McIlroy hits a clutch 138-yard eagle in FedEx Cup finale
Dustin Johnson started his final round at the Tour Championship Sunday in a tie for the lead with Kevin Chappell, but his minor collapse at East Lake opened the door for Rory McIlroy to steal away the $10 million prize with a win.
Johnson shot a score of 3-over par through his first 16 holes to drop into a tie for sixth, while Chappell – who needed Johnson to finish ninth or worse to win the FedEx Cup – played a brilliant round to lead Ryan Moore one shot with three holes left to play.
McIlroy had the best chance to leapfrong Johnson in the FedEx Cup standings, but he needed to win the tournament in order to overtake Johnson, and after four consecutive pars on the back nine, McIlroy was a distant three shots behind the leader. That changed very quickly on the tough 16th hole, a par-4 that hadn’t conceded many birdies throughout the day.
Rory McIlroy! One back with two holes to go.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 25, 2016
McIlroy blasted a drive 317 yards down the left side of the fairway, then hit an absolutely perfect approach shot from 138 yards that trickled into the cup.
Suddenly, McIlroy was just one back of the lead – and a potential FedEx Cup title – with two to play.