While Rory McIlroy is issued to having crowds swarm around him as he makes his way to the 18th hole, on Sunday, it wasn't for them, it was for him.
The tree was located just off the 16th tee at East Lake. "It's fantastic how different things can be in a year", he told reporters.
He smiled at hearing the chants, "Rory! He's turned into a heck of a player over the last couple of years, and I definitely expect more Sundays like that between the both of us in the future", McIlroy said. But I never strayed from that thought process.
The victor on Sunday will collect a record first prize of $15 million.
He endure and proceeded to win two U.S. Opens, and he was accepted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in June.
McIlroy did not start rhyming from a rap song.
McIlroy's rounds of 66-67-68-66 left him at 13-under-par 267, which was the lowest aggregate score of any of the 30 players in the field at East Lake.
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McIlroy has had his struggles at times, especially on the greens, where putting has often held him back.
There was additionally a small matter of payback.
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"To play like that alongside Brooks and get the win, win the FedEx Cup, yeah, it's awesome". A month ago, McIlroy laid an egg in the final group at a World Golf Championship, just like he did with Woods the year before at East Lake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was a shot off the pace on 11-under after going through the first five holes at one over par. Schauffele had to settle for pars, and McIlroy finished with a flourish. Not bad for four days' work, eh?
Schauffele closed with a 70 to complete alone in second, which paid out $US5 million ($7.45 million).
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.
But Koepka's third round momentum didn't extend to the final round.
They each earned $3.5 million.
McIlroy looked primed to cruise to the finish until bogeys on Nos.
And McIlroy said afterwards that was playing on his mind throughout yesterday's final round.
The third round had been suspended on Saturday after lightning struck a tree and injured six spectators huddled nearby. Police said they were treated and released from medical attention later that night.
McIlroy will start an unusual tournament in decent form with five shots behind leader Justin Thomas.
Erik van Rooyen birdied the last to overcome Matthew Fitzpatrick in a thrilling final day battle to finally win his first European Tour title at the Scandinavian Invitation. He made double bogey, and it became a three-shot swing when McIlroy made a 25-foot birdie putt.
Brooks Koepka proved himself human after all in the final round at the Tour Championship on Sunday when he was comprehensively outplayed by victor Rory McIlroy in Atlanta. He had 14 Top 10 finishes in a year he devoted nearly entirely to playing on the PGA Tour. Whether it's enough was of little effect.