By Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:59 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 00:07 BST, 26 August 2019
Rory McIlroy’s prize for wiping the floor with Brooks Koepka in the final round of the FedEx Cup play-offs on Sunday was the largest in golf history - a staggering $15 million. The benefits going forward, however, might prove to be priceless.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way, not against the American thought impregnable when the big prizes are on the line.
With Koepka leading by a stroke with 18 holes to play, few gave the Northern Irishman much of a chance against undoubtedly the golfer of the year.
Rory McIlroy poses with the FedExCup trophy at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday
Golfer Rory McIlroy overcame a late stutter to win the FedExCup for the second time
McIlroy, though, made a nonsense of any notion Koepka is invincible by making him look ordinary as the final round unfolded. In the end it was Xander Schauffele who finished runner-up but even he was four strokes behind, as McIlroy closed with a fabulous 66.
‘Brooks got one over me recently in Memphis so I wanted some revenge, and it’s awesome to beat him here and win the FedEx Cup,’ said McIlroy.
After all the criticism of moving the date from late September, and the weird, staggered format that meant players started on different totals, the PGA Tour must have been thrilled with a final pairing featuring the two best players in the game.
The four majors might have been a complete write-off this season but, as far as regular PGA Tour events are concerned, McIlroy was seeking his third win and 14th top ten in just 19 starts.