Rory McIlroy opened the TOUR Championship six shots off the lead but stormed back to East Lake for a historic victory and golf Twitter showed their love.

As the remaining 30 FedEx Cup playoff golfers converged on Atlanta and East Lake Golf Club this week for the TOUR Championship,

a brief history of the PGA Tour's new season champion format told us one thing: someone in a great position to start the tournament was going to win.

After starting the tournament at 4 under and, even more incredibly, opening the tournament with a triple bogey on Thursday and then bogeying his first two holes,

he pushed Scottie Scheffler, who started at 10 under, to 21-under over his final 70 holes and in the final round he even closed the gap to six strokes when he shot a 66 to Scheffler's 73.

With a step-in par on the 18th hole on Sunday, McIlroy became the first three-time FedEx Cup champion.

In three years of adding tee shots to the format at East Lake, the only FedEx Cup non-starter was Rory himself in 2019. But even then he came back from 5-under,

meaning this time it was by something better – and even more so when you consider how much lower he had to go to win.