Viktor Hovland holds off Xander Schauffele to claim FedEx Cup title

Norway’s Viktor Hovland held off a decided problem from Xander Schauffele within the remaining spherical of the Tour Championship to claim the FedEx Cup title and 18million US greenback (£14.1million) first prize.

Hovland, who received the BMW Championship seven days in the past, carded a bogey-free closing 63 at East Lake to end 27 underneath par, 5 photographs forward of Schauffele, who returned an excellent 62.

The 25-year-old started the day with a six-shot lead and, following a delay of just about two hours due to the specter of lightning, maintained that benefit as each he and Schauffele lined the primary six holes in 4 underneath par.

Schauffele additionally birdied the eighth to be out in 30 and picked up additional photographs on the eleventh and twelfth to get inside three of the lead, a lead which appeared set to shrink even additional when Hovland hit a poor chip to the 14th.

Nonetheless, Hovland holed from 23 toes to save par after which made his first birdie for the reason that sixth on the sixteenth to successfully seal a win which was shortly celebrated by Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald.

“I walked 3 matches with Viktor on the final Ryder Cup,” Donald wrote on Twitter.

“He was nice tee to inexperienced however his quick recreation and placing let him down. He advised me he wasn’t clutch sufficient. Nicely he’s about as clutch as they arrive now. What a yr, what a end, what a man! Fedex Cup Champ.”

US Open champion Wyndham Clark completed third on 16 underneath with Rory McIlroy, who had been hampered by a again harm all week, carding a closing 65 to end fourth on 14 underneath.

“Because the week went on it received looser and immediately it was fairly shut to 100 per cent,” McIlroy advised Sky Sports activities.

“I want I had felt like this the remainder of the week however even and not using a dangerous again I’m undecided I’d have been ready to grasp with the 2 guys in entrance.

“One other strong week, my recreation is the place it wants to be and so long as I keep wholesome for the subsequent few weeks I’m excited to get again to Europe, play in Eire and at Wentworth and finally get my recreation in form for the Ryder Cup.”

America shall be bidding to retain the Ryder Cup after having fun with a document 19-9 victory two years in the past and McIlroy advised reporters: “There’s a variety of us that had been in that group at Whistling Straits and that didn’t really feel very good, didn’t really feel good.

“So, yeah, I’m excited to get again over to Europe. We’re all kind of making our means over to Europe a pair weeks early. So will probably be good to all get collectively, get some early group dinners earlier than the week in Rome and kind of actually really feel like that kind of group chemistry is beginning already.

“We’re all, for essentially the most half, taking part in actually good. There’s nonetheless just a few weeks to go, nevertheless it’s the subsequent massive factor in all of our calendars.”

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