FedEx Cup + Arnold Palmer

$10m prize for McIlroy as Palmer remembered

Golf – FedEx Cup: Rory McIlroy secured the $10m (£7.7m) FedEx Cup prize after winning a play-off in the Tour Championship.

The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland and Ryan Moore hit 64s in their third rounds to set up the play-off hole with Keven Chappell who hit 66.

McIlroy holed from 137 yards for eagle on the par-4 16th hole as he squeezed out Ryan to win the $1.5m  tournament.

His opponent was later consoled after being named as the final wild card in the US Ryder Cup team next weekend.

It will take place at Hazeltine National in Minnesota from 30 September to 2 October.

Tour Championship placings:

-12 R McIlroy (NI),R Moore (US), K Chappell (US); -9 P Casey (Eng); -6 H Matsuyama (Jpn); -5 D Johnson (US), J Thomas (US); -4 A Scott (Aus)

After the match McIlroy paid tribute to golf legend Arnold Palmer who has died aged 87.

He died at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was undergoing tests for a heart condition.

He won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including seven majors. McIlroy said: “Remembering the special times I spent with Mr Palmer at Bay Hill. A true pioneer for our sport. Forever remembered.”

He was the chain-smoking son of a greenskeeper who was credited with helping to transform golf from an elite country club pursuit in to a sport.

His biographer, James Dodson, told NBC News on Sunday: “He was the most charismatic player in golf history. Because of him, golf boomed. He took it from being a sleepy country club game to America’s game.”

Palmer’s great rival Jack Nicklaus said in a tweet: “I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend.”

The world of golf shared the news on social media.

Zach Johnson tweeted: “My heart aches with passing of the King. What he did for golf cannot be measured. Athlete, pioneer, philanthropist, family man, and much more…RIP Arnie.”



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