Media playback is not supported on this device McIlroy seals FedEx Cup crown with eight-shot win
Maybank Championship final leaderboard -16 R McIlroy (NI); -14 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -12 J Donaldson (Wal); -11 K Stanley (US), B de Jonge (Zim), G Bland (Aus), R Goosen (SA); -10 J Furyk (US), K Kisner (US) Selected others: -7 S Garcia (Spa); -6 L Donald (Eng); -2 I Poulter (Eng)
Rory McIlroy won the Maybank Championship at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to seal his second victory on the US PGA Tour this year.
The Northern Irishman, 28, shot a seven-under 64 to finish 16 under par, while England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was second after a 63.
It was McIlroy’s first victory since the US Open in June, three months before the birth of his daughter.
He said it was the “best win of my career and the one I’m most proud of”.
“I’m capable of being the best player in the world and I can win all types of tournaments,” said McIlroy, who earned a win bonus of $1.25m for the FedEx Cup.
On Monday, McIlroy said it was a relief to “have this monkey off my back” after winning his 20th tournament on the Tour.
Media playback is not supported on this device McIlroy ‘let loose’ at Maybank
The 2011 Open Champion beat fellow world number three Fitzpatrick, who bogeyed the last two holes, by eight shots in a five-way play-off after a six-under 64 on Sunday to win in Malaysia.
The 24-year-old Fitzpatrick, who started the day on -4, bogeyed two of his first three holes and bounced back with five birdies in the last eight.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised but, on the last two holes, it was pretty much always me or him,” said Fitzpatrick, who birdied the last to claim second place.
McIlroy admitted he had played a “two-shot swing” with his win over Fitzpatrick in regulation.
He said: “It was like being the next in line today and I didn’t want to leave.
“But then it was almost a step back for me with a really bad drive off the tee on the last hole and I had to get it in – and then scrambled beautifully to get it in,” McIlroy added.