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McIlroy, Moore, Chappell in Tour Championship playoff

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Spencer Simpson | 29 September, 2016, 00:35

McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Dustin Johnson appeared as if the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup were his for the taking when he shared the 54 hole lead into the final day only to nearly inexplicably struggle over the final 18.

After a season that was mostly disappointing (he did win earlier on the European Tour at the Irish Open), McIlroy won twice during the FedEx Cup playoffs and capped it with a birdie putt on the fourth-extra hole to beat Ryan Moore - who Love selected Sunday night as his final at-large pick for Team USA.

A lipped-out par-save at the next dropped Chappell back to 12 under alongside Moore, who sank a 15-footer at the 17th to close a bogey-free 64, before McIlroy made it a three-way tie by picking up a shot at the last.

McIlroy took part in Clarke's foundation at Portrush, which was aimed at developing junior players.

So that means, Rory needs this eagle putt to win the tournament outright, and he is just off the mark, seeing it roll around the lip, he would birdie, but the playoff continues.

Moore, who was a last-minute add to the U.S. Ryder Cup team Sunday as Davis Love III's final captain's pick, said he actually missed Love's call telling him he was about to become a member of the team following a dramatic playoff loss to Rory McIlroy at the Tour Championship.

But after working with putting guru Phil Kenyon, the revitalised Ulsterman has now won two of his last three tournaments - and the $10m FedEx Cup bonus - to arrive in Hazeltine in buoyant mood. "It's always great to be involved in the Ryder Cup", Westwood, embarking on his 10th consecutive appearance in the contest requiring just two points to equal Nick Faldo's record haul of 25 points, told rydercup.com. - Dustin Johnson on McIlroy.

With Jason Day nursing a back injury, McIlroy may find himself there soon. Chappell shot 67, 69, 69 and 66 in those finishes.

"It is better winning away", said the Ulsterman.

Chappell was eliminated on the first extra hole with a par on the 18th.

"Correct me if I'm wrong", Spieth said, "but every four or five years you'd be talking about another group of young guys coming up". It just wasn't enough today.

He was still three shots off the lead with three holes to play in the final round, but holed out from 137-yards for eagle on the 16th before birdieing the last to finish on 12-under par.

PGA EUROPEAN: France's Alexander Levy completed an 8-under 63 and the delayed second round to take a four-stroke lead in the rain-shortened European Open. That's pretty sweet after the number of missed big-time putts. Levy then made a birdie on the second playoff hole to claim the title.

Two Swedes, Robert Karlsson (65) and Michael Jonzon (68), tied for third at 16 under.

Smith also shot a 67.

At Columbus, Ohio, Grayson Murray won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and Cameron Smith and Kevin Tway wrapped up PGA Tour cards.

It was his fourth runner-up finish this season, in which he made more than $4.5 million but still doesn't have a PGA Tour trophy.

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