Rory McIlroy got paid on Sunday. By winning the FedEx Cup, he earned himself a $10 million payday. Having started the day in sixth place, he jumped all the way up to first after winning the Tour Championship on Sunday. He took the drama to a playoff, beating Americans Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore, his first career Tournament win that came in that scenario.
McIlroy now has all the momentum in the world heading into next weekend’s Ryder Cup. Winning that much money is usually a life-changing event, but in his own words, “Luckily, that amount of money doesn’t mean much to me anymore.”
A Holywood, County Down, Northern Island native, McIlroy has emerged as one of the world’s premier golfers, having won 13 Tournaments on both the PGA and European Tours in his career. Having turned pro back in 2007, McIlroy has gone on to become a two-time PGA Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014.
It becomes his second Tournament win of the month, having won the Deutsche Bank Championship back on Sep. 5 by two strokes, shooting a -15 under. He was unable to strike even-year magic on the PGA Championship after having been crowned the victor of the event in both 2012 and 2014.
His two previous playoff matchups ended in losses in the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and the 2014 Honda Classic. After being ranked the No. 1 player in the world in terms of money in both 2012 and 2014, his claiming of the FedEx Cup may be an inclination that the 27-year-old is back on the upswing.