Rory McIlroy apologizes to Scottie Scheffler's family after winning Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy reminded everyone he is still one of the classiest men on the PGA Tour even at the conclusion of a turbulent season.

This weekend at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the Irishman overtook Scottie Scheffler for the lead after overcoming a six-shot deficit. 

Instead, he restrained himself as he went up to Scheffler's family who were watching from the sidelines to "apologize" for defeating their son and to recognize Scheffler's outstanding season.

With a commanding lead going into Sunday's final round, world No. 1 and favorite Scheffler lost his rhythm and managed just one birdie the rest of the way. 

The 2022 Masters champion finished a very successful season by setting records for earnings on the PGA Tour, despite losing the lead in the final round.

"Playing professional golf for a living is such a gift," Scheffler said, via Golfweek." For me, I don’t play golf for money. 

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I play to win tournaments, and I play to have fun and do my best and see where the game can take me."

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But McIlroy and Scheffler won't have much time to reflect on what happened this past weekend. 

The PGA Tour's final wraparound season, 2022–2023, begins next month. In 2024, the Tour will resume playing through a single calendar year.