FedEx Cup Winner 2016: Rory McIlroy's Prize Money and Final Golf Standings

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2016

Sep 25, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy reacts as he approaches the sixteenth green in regulation play during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Rory McIlroy won the 2016 FedEx Cup, and he earned it in a drama-filled final round at the Tour Championship on Sunday with more at stake than just the tournament title.

He prevailed in a three-way sudden-death playoff against Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

According to Golf Channel, McIlroy needed to win the tournament to become the FedEx Cup champion; otherwise, Dustin Johnson, who entered the event in first place in the standings, would have accumulated the most points.

The PGA Tour shared a replay of McIlroy's victorious putt on the fourth playoff hole:

The FedEx Cup offered $35 million in bonus money, and McIlroy took home the $10 million top prize, per the PGA Tour's official website.

ESPN Stats & Info noted Sunday marked his first Tour Championship win and the first FedEx Cup title in his career.

Here are the final FedEx Cup standings, courtesy of the PGA Tour's official website:

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2016 FedEx Cup Standings
PlaceGolferPoints
1Rory McIlroy3,120
2Dustin Johnson2,380
3Patrick Reed1,986
4Adam Scott1,930
5Paul Casey1,880
6Jason Day1,440
7Ryan Moore1,336
8Kevin Chappell1,320
9Jordan Spieth1,168
10Russell Knox992
Source: PGATour.com

McIlroy's title was a testament to his consistency throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs after an inconsistent PGA Tour season.

The top 125 players qualified for The Barclays, which was the first of four playoff tournaments. The top 100 then made the Deutsche Bank Championship, and the top 70 advanced to the BMW Championship. From there, the top 30 remaining players advanced to the Tour Championship, with their points being reset.

Here is a look at the points distribution, per the PGA Tour's official website:

PGA Tour Season Points Distribution
PositionPGA Tour EventsWorld Golf ChampionshipsMajorsAdditional Events
1500550600300
2300315330165
3190200210105
413514015080
Source: PGATour.com
FedEx Cup Playoff Events
PositionPoints
12,000
21,200
3760
4540
5440
6400
7360
8340
9320
10300
11280
12260
13240
14228
15224
16220
Source: PGATour.com
Reseed Points for Tour Championship
PositionReseed Points
12,000
21,800
31,600
41,440
51,280
61,120
7960
8800
9640
10480
Source: PGATour.com

Patrick Reed won The Barclays, but McIlroy made significant strides toward securing the title when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship. Johnson then won the BMW Championship to put himself in ideal position, but McIlroy captured the Tour Championship and earned enough points to win the FedEx Cup as a result.

Mike McAllister of the PGA Tour's official website broke down the scenarios entering Sunday's final round, noting the odds were "heavily stacked" in Johnson's favor before he teed off as the co-leader.

Johnson had a chance to clinch the FedEx Cup title with a win Sunday. He also could have earned the FedEx Cup with a solo second-place finish even with McIlroy's win, but Johnson finished in a tie for sixth place at five under par.

Even then, Johnson would have secured the FedEx Cup if Chappell or Moore had come through in the sudden-death playoff.

However, all Johnson could do was watch as McIlroy won the Tour Championship in a playoff showdown.

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