Golf roundup: Rory McIlroy rallies to win FedEx Cup and $18 million

McIlroy makes statement with FedEx Cup victory

Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Jason Getz via AP / Rory McIlroy celebrates with his trophy after winning the Tour Championship and the $18 million FedEx Cup on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. McIlroy, the most vocal player in defending the PGA Tour against upstart rival LIV Golf, called the tour “the best place in the world to play golf.”

ATLANTA — This year, it became easy to overlook Rory McIlroy's considerable accomplishments on the golf course, including four major championships, 30 wins on four continents and two years at No. 1 in the world.

He had been viewed mostly as the strongest voice and staunchest defender of the PGA Tour in its battle against LIV Golf, the Saudi Arabia-funded series that has drawn in tour members and is set to add more. So perhaps it was only fitting that a most tumultuous year for the PGA Tour culminated Sunday with McIlroy holding its biggest prize.

He had the final say with his clubs.

Six shots behind before the Tour Championship started Thursday, 10 shots back after two holes, McIlroy rallied from a six-shot deficit in the final round against the No.