Tour Championship Recap: Weight off McIlroy's Shoulders
Tour Championship Recap: Weight off McIlroy's Shoulders

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

Let's put the scoring issue at the Tour Championship aside for now and talk about Rory McIlroy.

It's hard to pinpoint how best to view McIlroy's season. But we one day may look back at McIlroy's no-doubt-about-it four-shot win on Sunday at East Lake to capture the FedEx Cup as a seminal moment in his career.

For the better part of two seasons, since the 2018 Masters against Patrick Reed, McIlroy time after time had cowered in the biggest tournaments, in the most pressure-packed moments, in final groups, against the top golfers in the world.

This time, in the final pairing with the sport's current alpha-dog, Brooks Koepka, McIlroy didn't flinch – and it came just weeks after he did, yet again, in a similar situation when grouped with Koepka on Sunday at the WGC in Memphis. In that one, Koepka beat McIlroy by six strokes to win.

In Atlanta, McIlroy equaled the best round of the day, a 4-under 66, to eclipse Koepka by that same six-stroke margin. In fact, it was Xander Schauffele who finished as runner-up, while Koepka wound up in a tie for third with Justin Thomas.

All you need to know how much weight is now off McIlroy's shoulders is to read the following quote, complete with the R word.

"Going up against the No. 1 player in the world today," McIlroy told reporters at East Lake. "He got one over on me in Memphis and I wanted to sort of

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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