McIlroy surges to FedEx Cup title

Johnson was relegated to watching the playoff drama unfold on a television in the players' locker room.

"I thought I played pretty well, just a couple of loose drives on the back side", Johnson said. "It would just be great to try to win the Tour Championship and if the chips fall my way then so be it". And his overall season would have been good enough to win the FedExCup had Chappell or Moore triumphed in the playoff.

A third win of the season on Sunday would give McIlroy the first prize of 1.5million USA dollars and the four-time major victor can also pocket the 10million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup if Johnson finishes joint second or worse.

You know the old saying: Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. "Everything was just a little bit off", Johnson said. Moore and Chappell found the left rough to start, while McIlroy's straight tee shot ended up in the second cut with a good lie and a great line at the green. "There's a lot of things that had to go well for me today, along with me playing well", McIlroy said.

If the twirl of the club after executing a shot is the definitive tell-tale sign of Rory McIlroy's brilliance, it is something unseen that really makes him tick.

The 2015-16 PGA Tour season may still be remembered as the year of Dustin Johnson, however.

He was on the wrong end of a three-shot swing as Chappell birdied the same hole from 10 feet.

McIlroy won $US1.4m for this season-ending event and overtook Dustin Johnson to win the US$10m FedEx Cup bonus. He will again be paired with U.S. "It's a nice way to finish the year", Scott said.

It was the 17th hole that reshaped the tournament.

Johnson steadied to close with six consecutive pars for a 3-over 73 to tie for sixth at 5-under 275.

But the Ulsterman needed four holes of a sudden-death playoff before finally seeing off Ryan Moore to win both titles for the time and bank £8.77m.

"I think it's something I'm going to have to continue to work on beyond this week, but it's definitely something I needed to address", Rory said.

CHAMPIONS: Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 12th and shot 5-under 66 to maintain a two-stroke lead in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia.

Johnson recovered with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 18th for a 1-under-par 69, giving him a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell (68) going into Sunday's last round that will determine who wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

Chappell reclaimed top spot by holing from 20 feet at the 13th, as Johnson carded a three-putt double-bogey from five feet to all but end his hopes. So everything just sort of aligned for me. "I played the back nine well this week and if you take the front nine out of it I would probably be leading the golf tournament".

In the playoff, McIlroy hit a 210-yard approach to 6 feet on the 18th hole but missed the eagle putt to win, beginning a fist pump as the ball caught the inside of the right lip before transforming it into the lifting his hat in consternation when the putt lipped out.

McIlroy's charge was helped by a 137-yard hole out eagle on the 16th, the same hole where he would later clinch it all. Almost two hours later, he poured in a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Tour Championship and claim the FedEx Cup in the wildest finish of its 10-year history.

McIlroy let out a scream of exultation as the putt dropped.

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