The PGA Tour Championship at Eastlake provided all the drama the PGA Tour could have wanted, and left the fate of the FedEx Cup to the very last putt. In the end, Dustin Johnson couldn’t keep pace and Rory McIlroy charged ahead in the last 3 holes of regulation — making a playoff for the Tour Championship. Kevin Chappell, who had led most of the way Sunday, was out after the first playoff hole — leaving Rory McIlroy and Ryan Moore. If Moore was to win the Tour Championship, Dustin Johnson would win the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. If Rory was to win the Tour Championship, he would win the FedEx Cup — a swing of more than $11 million away from DJ.
Moore put up a solid fight, but couldn’t close the deal and Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, just as daylight was completely running out. It was the perfect ending to an exciting PGA Tour season, a dramatic finish for the FedEx Cup, and sets up a possible revenge match between McIlroy and Johnson at the Ryder Cup this week.
The PGA Tour Championship
Nashville’s own Brandt Snedeker finished tied for 17th at the Tour Championship and ended his season ranked 15th in the FedEx Cup standings (down from 11th place last week). Snedeker will be part of the Ryder Cup team this week at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
Westhaven Golf Club PGA Pro, Chris Cauthen, picked McIlroy to win the FedEx Cup in our recent Q&A. “Rory is the best player in the world and he’s hitting a real stride with a win two weeks ago,” Cauthen had predicted. Westhaven Golf Club General Manager and former touring pro, Perry Lancianese, also picked McIlroy to win. “Rory is definitely hot right now, and the most talented.” Visiting PGA Pro, Rick Martino, had predicted Dustin Johnson as the winner. Up until the back nine yesterday, Rick looked like he’d be right. Dustin Johnson’s double bogey on the 12th hole probably cost him the FedEx Cup.
The Top Five in the FedEx Cup Standings
Here are the final standings in the FedEx Cup:
- Rory McIlroy
- Dustin Johnson
- Patrick Reed
- Adam Scott
- Paul Casey
The Ryder Cup Captain’s Pick
US Ryder Cup Team Captain, David Love III, made the last of his captain’s picks last night during the halftime show of Sunday Night Football — selecting Ryan Moore, who battled Rory McIlroy in the Tour Championship playoff. Moore didn’t win the Tour Championship, but he obviously caught the eye of Captain Davis Love III.
Tomorrow, we’ll preview the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota with our local PGA pros at Westhaven Golf Club, and a guest pro — Rick Martino, from Trump National Golf Club.
Westhaven Golf Club is a private golf club adjacent to the Westhaven community. You do not have to live at Westhaven to be a member. Full golf and social memberships are available. The golf shop is open to the public for apparel, equipment, and custom club fittings by Tim Sygerych, Master Fitter.