Rory McIlroy (Courtesy of N/A / Via skysports.com)Rory McIlroy (Courtesy of N/A / Via skysports.com)

McIlroy Takes Tour Champ. and FedEx Cup

On a day where my heart was filled with so much glee from the four playoff holes the world was treated to, my heart remains heavy for a legend in the game of golf has died. My thoughts and prayers go to Arnold Palmer’s family and loved ones. The King will be missed.

The Tour Championship concluded today in an other-worldly fashion. Kevin Chappell, Ryan Moore and the newest FedEx Cup Champion, Rory McIlroy finished 72 holes at 12-under-par, leading to a three-man playoff that would get whittled down to a two-man after Chappell’s par didn’t tie Moore’s and McIlroy’s birdies. McIlroy and Moore would duke it out for three more holes until McIlroy emerged victorious with this putt.

McIlory wasn’t even supposed to be in the playoff in the first place being three strokes back with three holes left to play, but a hole out for eagle on the 16th hole put him one back with two to play. Naturally, McIlroy waited until the 18th hole to push his drive right into the deep rough, hit a 3-wood from that rough into a bunker, and then chip out of that bunker onto the green and leave himself with less than two feet for birdie.

The win at the Tour Championship for McIlory means that he’ll not only take home that trophy, the FedEx Cup trophy as well, but that also means that he knocked Dustin Johnson from his No. 1 spot in the rankings to No. 2. The advantage was on Johnson’s side as well, if either Moore or Chappell had hung on to win the Tour Championship, he would have been hoisting the Cup above his head, but McIlroy’s two well-timed wins in the last three weeks put him on top.

 

That concludes the 2015-2016 PGA Tour Season, but golf isn’t done quite yet. Next week the United States and Europe compete at Hazeltine National Golf Club for the Ryder cup where two teams of golf’s best will duke it out to see who reigns supreme.

Dustin Johnson (Courtesy of AP Photo/ Scott Bazemore/ via kmov.com)

Johnson Posting Strong Numbers at East Lake

Through two rounds at the Tour Championship, the PGA Tour has seen a player in the running for the Fed-Ex Cup withdraw, a player penalized for addressing the ball and having it roll, and a lot of those cardboard cut outs of golfers face.

(I don’t know about you, but these things creep me out.)

To get things started, Dustin Johnson holds the lead at seven-under par. Johnson has been, as per usual, smashing the ball off the tee averaging 304.6 yards per drive, but he’s not just a one-trick pony. Johnson has also put up a strokes-gained tee-to-green of 2.24 and a strokes-gained-putting of .935.

Jason Day has withdrawn at East Lake this weekend after a recurring back injury flared up again. A strained ligament in his back is causing a sharp pain when it comes to his driver, and after going even par through seven holes on Friday, Day struggled immensely on the eighth hole and decided to shut it down for the season finale.

As for the player who was assessed the penalty during the second round, that would be Justin Rose. According to the officials at East Lake, when Rose addressed his ball on the 11th, the ball rotated ever so slightly. Rose disagrees with the wording of the rule that a downhill grade of four degrees is a flat surface. Unfortunately for Rose, that put him at one-over on the day and one-under on the tournament, putting him tied for eighth place.

 

The day wasn’t a loss for Rose. However, he got to spend the day trying to show up his good buddy, Jordan Speith.