Tour Championship

McIlroy and McDowell look to regain lost ground

Getting back what you've lost isn't always easy but Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were short on regrets and bullish about their chances of returning to the top — starting this week.

McIlroy and McDowell look to regain lost ground

Pack closes on McIlroy and Horschel

Rory McIlroy has demoralised most of his opposition this season but as he enters the final round of the Tour Championship tied for the lead with Billy Horschel, he put his weariness and some scrappy play behind him for a moment to reminded them just why he's the favourite to take the title and the $10m FedEx Cup bonus to boot — experience under the cosh.

Pack closes on McIlroy and Horschel

McIlroy hangs tough in Atlanta

Even when he's average he's good. Despite struggling off the tee for much of the day, Rory McIlroy single putted his last three greens to open with a one under 69 in the Tour Championship and find himself just three shots behind two men Tom Watson may regret overlooking for Ryder Cup wildcards, Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk.

McIlroy hangs tough in Atlanta

McIlroy undone by driving - still earns $3.2m

Rory McIroy shot a four over 74 on Sunday and had to settle for second place in the FedEx Cup and 10th in the Tour Championship.Rory McIlroy wanted a closing 64 but had to settle for a 74 instead and second place behind Brandt Snedeker in the race for the $10m FedEx Cup bonanza.

Seconds out - Woods v Harrington - round 9

Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington played together for the eighth time this season in round two of the Tour Championship.

Harrington played well and shot 69. But Woods shot a 68 to lead the tournament by a stroke from the Dubliner and Sean O’Hair.

Were it not for a few missed putts late in the day and a bogey at the last, Woods could have taken a giant step towards winning the tournament and the $10m FedEx Cup bonus - a sum of $11.35m.

Instead, the man who has resembled a golfing assassin for most of his career left this free-for-all tournament wide open.

Hot Harrington off to a flyer

Padraig Harrington is hoping to “sneak in” and turn a bad year into a spectacular one after opening with a three under 67 in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Hats off. Harrington has turned his season around spectacularly.The Dubliner kept his hopes of a possible $11.35m FedExCup payoff alive when he finished the day tied for second place with Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink and just a stroke behind leader Sean O’Hair, who set the pace with a 66.

Wheelbarrow time at East Lake

Padraig Harrington reckons he has the guts to hole a putt worth a wheelbarrow full of cash - a whopping €7.7m FedexCup delivery.

But he admits that the thought of standing over what could turn out to be the richest single shot in golfing history is a little out of the ordinary.

If he wins the Tour Championship in Atlanta and Tiger Woods does not finish outright second, Harrington gets €920,000 for the tournament win plus the €6.8m FedExCup bonus money.

Even for Harri Putter, that’s a lot of green.

Can Harrington win $10m without winning?

The FedExCup has a problem that could undermine its credibility. It's unlikely to happen but Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk can still take home the $10m jackpot without winning a tournament all season.

Heading into the climaxing Tour Championship at East Lake it is still mathematically possible for either man to finish top of the biggest pile of money in golf.

It's a nightmare scenario for the PGA Tour, but it could happen.