ATLANTA – Despite winning two of the four FedEx Cup playoff events, Rory McIlroy was forced to “settle” for the $3 million second-place prize when Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship to secure the title.
“It's just the nature of the playoffs,” McIlroy said. “You know, I had the same chance as Brandt coming into this week, and I needed to win, and I didn't. I knew what I needed to do. … That's just the way it is. I'm not going to complain. It's been a great year.”
Following rounds of 69-68-68, McIlroy had an opportunity to pull off the double, but struggled to a final-round 4-over 74 to finish in a share of 10th place.
It was his worst score in a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament since Round 2 of the PGA Championship, which he won two days later, then followed with victories at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship – both FedEx Cup playoff events.
“Of course it's going to be hard to sustain that the whole way through, but it's great,” he added. “I think it adds excitement to the end of the year. … It definitely gives people something to watch, and something to hang on to after the majors are finished.”
Next up for McIlroy is this week’s Ryder Cup, where the No. 1-ranked player will compete for the European team for a second time. He believes the recent performances of many players on both sides should serve to make an exciting week even more so this time around.
“You look at how the Ryder Cup players have played over the past few weeks, and they've been at the top of the leaderboards,” he said. “They've been winning. They've been contending. It's great. I just hope that we're all still as fresh for next week.”