McIlroy wins the Tour Championship by four shots

Thomas was erratic from tee to green

McIlroy, 30, carded a final-round 66 to finish on 18 under par, four shots clear of second-placed Xander Schauffele and five ahead of third-round leader and world number one Brooks Koepka at East Lake Golf Club.

Thomas, the 2017 FedEx Cup champion who is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time winners of the season-long race, entered the week in the lead at 10-under-par under the new tournament format after taking the points lead by winning the BMW Championship last week. He made one last birdie on No. 18 for good measure, claiming the Tour Championship, the FedExCup and its $15 million prize - the biggest payout in golf history - in dominant fashion.

Koepka responded superbly to birdie the next as McIlroy enjoyed a major stroke of luck when his pulled approach hit a tuft of grass on the edge of a drain and stopped short of the water.

"The lead is always nice, so I'll take that", Koepka said.

"I felt comfortable doing it", McIlroy said.

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England's Paul Casey is four off the lead on 11 under alongside Justin Thomas, whose challenge faltered with a one-over-par 71 on Sunday.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship for a second time to secure the FedEx Cup title. "I just have to realize that I played really well today".

Thomas, who began the tournament with a two-shot lead and was tied at the top after his opening 70, quickly got his game back in order and went out in 32, tied with Koepka.

"It would be hard for me to say that it didn't kind of stop my momentum because I was playing really flawlessly that front nine", Thomas said.

Thirty golfers will battle it out for the 2019 Tour Championship with a total of $45 million on the line and the victor taking home an nearly preposterous $15 million.

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