Popular Irish golfer Rory McIllroy was a crowd favourite in the three-man sudden death playoff the decided the winner of the Tour Championship tournament at East Lake in Georgia, despite being matched up against American Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappel.
The three men were tied at 12 under par at the conclusion of regulation play. Chappel went out on the first sudden death hole. Moore managed to extend the playoff with a birdie by sinking a tough putt under the pressure of knowing McIllroy had an excellent opportunity to make eagle and claim victory.
McIllroy and Moore halved the next two playoff holes. On the fourth, the par-four 16th, where in regulation, McIllroy had holed out from the fairway for eagle, Moore again made a pressure putt to save par when it appeared that he had blown his chances with a poor third. McIllroy then drained a birdie to win not only the tournament, but also the $10 million U.S. FedEx Cup bonus.
While McIllroy was the gallery’s favourite in the playoff, one person with whom McIllroy might not enjoy the same popularity is Dustin Johnson, who would have won the FedEx Cup with a victory by either Moore or Chappel.
Johnson is far too much of a gentleman to say anything of the sort and would freely admit that he dug his own grave and signed his own death warrant with a final round 73.