Rory McIlroy or Brooks Koepka: Who had the better season?

Ross Houston
August 29, 2019

McIlroy had the FedEx Cup and the most important payout in golf.

The victory handed the world No.2 the FedEx Cup title and he became only the second person behind Tiger Woods to win the Tour Championship title twice.

"It feels like a normal Tour Championship", said McIlroy, who also won the 2016 FedEx Cup title.

Schauffele closed with a 70 to finish alone in second, which paid out $US5 million ($7.45 million).

"I didn't think about it once", McIlroy insisted of the biggest pay day in golf's history.

"If I needed to get emotional and get really riled up, this isn't the sport to do that".

A mere bystander last year amid the chaotic celebration of Tiger Woods' return to victory, McIlroy soaked up the flawless ending to a solid year when he surged past Brooks Koepka, held off Xander Schauffele and captured the FedEx Cup and the richest payoff in golf. This time, he flourished when it counted. Second place gets $5 million, meaning the difference between winning and finishing second is equal to the bonus paid out previous year - $10 million.

What looked to be a shootout turned into a runaway for McIlroy. Given that most golf courses have a par of 72, that makes McIlroy's average round nearly three-under-par (this is not completely accurate as some courses can be as low as a par-70).

The turning point in the final round came when Koepka, who held an early one-shot lead, lost a ball from an errant tee shot at the seventh hole and made double-bogey six.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Erik van Rooyen birdied the final hole for a 6-under 64 to win the Scandinavian Invitation on Sunday for his first European Tour victory.

Koepka got the better of the Northern Irishman four weeks ago at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis. 12, 13 and 14.

Koepka and McIlroy, both four-times major champions, will be paired again, four weeks after locking horns at the WGC-St.

"I thought a lot about that".

With the new Starting Strokes format, top-seeded Justin Thomas took a two-stroke lead into the tournament, and joked that he had never slept on a Wednesday lead.

Paul Casey shot 72 to finish fifth and earned $US2.5 million ($3.7 million). "I wanted to right some of the wrongs that I made that Sunday in Memphis". "Whether it's flawless, not going to go there, don't know".

Stenson took advantage of the par five third and then produced the highlight of the week with his hole in one at the sixth sending the home crowd wild and moving him into a share of the lead. Schauffele shot 67 and McIlroy posted 68 in the third round. He pulled into a tie for the lead with a birdie on No. 17, but Koepka's birdie on the final hole of the round put him back on top.

Play was suspended at 4.17pm local time because of thunderstorms in the area and half an hour later there were two lightning strikes close to the 15th green at East Lake Golf Club.

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