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NOTES AND QUOTES – RORY MCILROY WINS FEDEXCUP AT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ON NBC AND PEACOCK

“He beat the best player in the world heads-up in the last group from six shots behind. Rory has had a monster year.” – Paul Azinger

“This is debatably the best golf that Rory has ever played.” – Brandel Chamblee on Golf Central

“McIlroy has been the face of the TOUR with this tumultuous season. For Rory McIlroy to be in this position is an incredible feat.” – Dan Hicks

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 28, 2022 – NBC Sports presented exclusive final round coverage of the 2022 TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., on NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock. Rory McIlroy shot a final round 66 to overcome a six-shot deficit to secure his third career FedExCup title, defeating Scottie Scheffler and Sungjae Im by one shot.

Golf Central provided post-round coverage on GOLF Channel and Peacock.

TOUR Championship Leaderboard – Final Results

PlayerTotal
Rory McIlroy-21
Scottie Scheffler-20
Sungjae Im-20
Xander Schauffele-18
Justin Thomas-17
Max Homa-17

Following are quotes from final round coverage on NBC and Peacock, as well as post-round coverage on GOLF Central.

ON RORY MCILROY

Dan Hicks: “McIlroy has been the face of the TOUR with this tumultuous season off the course that has been well-documented. For Rory McIlroy to be in this position is an incredible feat.”

Paul Azinger: “He beat the best player in the world heads-up in the last group from six shots behind. Rory has had a monster year.”

Azinger: “He and Tiger put the TOUR on their shoulders, on their backs. For him to play the way he has after he did that, in some ways it actually elevated his game after took on that bigger role.”

Brandel Chamblee on GOLF Central: “This is debatably the best golf that Rory has ever played.”

Mark Rolfing on GOLF Central: “Earlier this summer in one of the most tumultuous times we’ve ever seen in professional golf, he literally put his arms around the PGA TOUR, lifted them up, put them his shoulders, and then he went out and won the Canadian Open with a final round 62. Everything that he said about the PGA TOUR was never going to mean as much unless he backed it up with the way he played, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence the way he’s played, and the fact that he finished the season the way he did today…he was situationally motivated, that his words would be so much more powerful if he performed the way he did.”

Hicks after McIlroy’s chip on 16th hole hits the pin: “A lot of people just jumped out of their chair.”

Azinger: “Including you!”

Azinger following McIlroy’s long birdie make on the 15th hole to tie Scheffler: “This is the height of competition right here…our first real fist-pump moment.”

Azinger: “Rory is free-flowing.”

Azinger following approach to 10 feet on 10th hole: “He just keeps turning the screws on Scottie Scheffler.”

Hicks following birdie on the 7th hole: “Did you ever think in your wildest imagination that after he bogeyed the first hole that at the 7th hole he’d be tied?”

Azinger to Hicks: “Inconceivable.”

ON SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER

Gary Koch on missed birdie putt on 17th hole: “His putter has betrayed him.”

Azinger: “He’s just not seeing it.”

Justin Leonard on Scheffler’s missed par putt on 16: “That looked like a little bit of a pull to me.”

Azinger after Scheffler’s double-cross on the 13th hole: “Sometimes you hit enough of these cut shots that they can become the problem. They can get over-cooked, maybe a little too open…his normal shot falls to the right or falls to the left, but he’s trying to play a decided slice, a curveball here.”

Azinger: “Everybody talks about how fun it is to win. It’s not. It’s the hardest thing in the world to do. It’s only after the fact that it’s fun.”

Azinger after Scheffler’s third shot ended up in the bunker on the 6th hole: “This is a disaster. It’s hard to watch this happen to a guy of this pedigree, this caliber. This was always going to be a hard day for him, a hard weekend, and he’s really feeling the heat now.”

ON SUNGJAE IM

Azinger: “He has been on autopilot today.”

Hicks: “It is not a surprise to see Sungjae Im in the position he’s in. Top-15 finishes in his last four starts, not a single round over par for him in his last five TOUR starts.”

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