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Justin Thomas Loses Cushion, shares lead in Tour Championship

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Noah Ferguson | 26 August, 2019, 01:26

Rory McIlroy has won the FedEx Cup with Tour Championship success at East Lake.

He was one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, who were headed different directions when their rounds ended.

Three players - Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm and Chev Reavie - are tied for sixth place, nine adrift of Koepka on six under.

The Australian is at five-under overall, five shots from the lead held by world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and fellow-Americans Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at 10-under.

The 2017 FedEx Cup champion, who entered the season-ending event 10 under via the new format, was off to a steady start Saturday.

European fans will get another chance to see McIlroy in action this week as he tees it up at the European Masters in Switzerland.

"I felt comfortable doing it", McIlroy said. I made a huge par save on 16 and was able to birdie the last two.

"The rain delay kind of killed any momentum I had", he said.

Schuaffele's tee shot bounced on the green and curved round into the hole as the ace followed a birdie at the previous hole. He missed the green from the 13th fairway and made bogey. I had a hard time getting back into it after that weather delay. One more round in that position will give him $15 million. "It felt like I was just trying to build a lead as opposed to yesterday".

The win was all but secure when McIlroy converted another big putt on the 17th, this one for birdie to go to three under for the round and give himself a three shot lead going on to the last.

Thirty golfers will battle it out for the 2019 Tour Championship with a total of $45 million on the line and the victor taking home an nearly preposterous $15 million. A year ago, he was merely a bystander playing in the final group as Woods capped off his comeback by winning at East Lake.

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