Déjà vu: McIlroy comes up short again at East Lake


ATLANTA – Two years ago, Rory McIlroy won a pair of FedEx Cup playoff events, but looked worn out by the Tour Championship and failed to claim the overall title.

On Sunday, after finishing in a tie for second place for the tournament and third place in the FedEx Cup, he felt a twinge of déjà vu.

“Sort of similar, you know, even though in 2012, I shot 74 to sort of put myself out of it,” he said. “It looked like I was going to do the same today apart from those birdies coming in.”

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McIlroy entered the final round of the season tied for the tournament lead, but posted a 1-over 71 to finish three strokes behind Billy Horschel.

“I really wanted to win,” he continued. “I really wanted to cap this year off well, even though it's still been a great year. You know, I was coming in here with really high hopes and expectations, and I haven't quite been able to play the golf to live up to those.

“But it's still been a great season for me, and there's still a little bit of golf left, and looking forward, as I said, to this little bit of time off and get back at it maybe next weekend and get ready for the Ryder Cup.”