Lightning Strikes Twice for McIlroy, Wins Another Tour Championship
Think of it as golf's version of a double-header sweep.
Most of the PGA Tour Championship leaders were caught on the tail-end of Round 3 on Saturday when Mother Nature made a striking appearance.
As in a bolt outta the blue lit up a tree and sent six fans to the hospital with minor injuries.
Safe to say it was one of the weekend's more spectacular shots:
It obviously suspended play for the day, meaning the round's final pairings -- Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, and Brooks Koepka -- had to finish 13 holes on Sunday before embarking on the final round.
That's not so bad when you're on a roll, and McIlroy was on a roll.
Dude was the lone player to shoot under par in each round at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, so the long day probably seemed like a short stroll as he posted a 4-under final round of 66 -- completing a 13-under 267 for the weekend -- to walk away with the Tour title and $15million first prize.
The key moment came in Sunday's round with a three-shot swing at the seventh hole:
- McIlroy canned a 25-foot birdie putt, while
- Koepka drove into the trees and wound up with a double-bogey.
Schauffele couldn't gain enough ground when McIlroy suffered back-to-back bogeys on the back nine, blowing most of his four-pop cushion.
And after his bitter disappointment of missing the cut in his homeland for the British Open, McIlroy didn't mind this spotlight at all.