‘Anything’s Possible’: Rory McIlroy Reflects on Making History With a Sensational Comeback to Win the 2022 FedExCup Playoffs

Published 08/29/2022, 5:08 AM EDT
Aug 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Rory McIlroy holds up the trophy on the 18th green after winning the TOUR Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021-2022 PGA Tour season ended with Rory McIlroy winning the FedExCup Playoffs at the East Lake Golf Course. It was the Irishman’s third time winning the title throughout his career. And he had to overcome several hurdles to achieve that feat.

The 2022 Tour Championship field had all the top players on the Tour competing against each other to win the most prestigious title. Moreover, McIlroy had a 6-shot deficit when he started his week. Yet, he won the event with a 1-shot lead. 


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“Six behind on the first tee on Thursday, and I was ten behind on the third tee,” McIlroy said after winning the Tour Championship. “I guess it just shows you anything’s possible,” he added

Rory McIlroy compared himself to Joohyung ‘Tom’ Kim

The player also made a connection with Joohyung Tom Kim.

“I thought about Tom Kim at Greensboro and the fact that he won after starting with a quad,” McIlroy said. Notably, Joohyung ‘Tom’ Kim, a 20-year-old South Korean golfer, won the 2022 Wyndham Championship with an overall 20-under par. Interestingly, he entered the tournament with a quadruple-bogey 8, and McIlroy took his example to explain his victory. 


According to the 4-time major champion, he could have had negative thoughts after opening with a 6-shot deficit. “But I just sort of, I guess, proved that I was in a really good mindset for the week,” he said. “And I didn’t let it get to me too much and just stuck my head down and got to work.” 

Rory McIlroy was the talk of the season-end tournament since round 1 as he finished it with an impressive 67. He followed it with 67-63-66 in rounds 2,3, and 4, respectively. South Korean pro-golfer Sungjae Im and the 2022 Masters champion, Scottie Scheffler finished second with just a one-shot deficit with their impressive game as well. 

The 2022 Tour Championship winner’s prize money and other benefits


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As the season-end tournament, the Tour Championship offers the biggest prize money for the winner. By winning it, the 33-year-old McIlroy earned $18 million as prize money. 

Aug 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Rory McIlroy reacts after making a birdie putt on the 15th hole during the final round of the TOUR Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

He also won the 2022 FedEx Cup trophy. Furthermore, the Irishman also won approximately 38 Official World Golf Ranking points. A five-plus season exemption on the PGA Tour, entries into the Masters, PGA Championship, The Players, and the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions are the perks of winning the Tour Championship.


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McIlroy has yet again proved that he is an integral part of the PGA Tour by winning his third FedEx Cup trophy with his impressive game. What was your favorite moment from the 2022 Tour Championship? 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu