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McIlroy ousted by Snedeker in FedEx finale

Brandt Snedeker scored an early blow for the United States ahead of this week's Ryder Cup with victory over Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy in the FedEx Cup.

Snedeker takes home the $10 million bonus after winning the Tour Championship on Sunday at East Lake while McIlroy could only tie for 10th, thereby conceding first spot in the FedEx Cup standings to the American.

"This is what you work your whole life for. I look at all the putts I've hit and all the shots I've hit all through my life, it's just unbelievable the ability to stay calm today. It just came through. I was so calm last night, I couldn't believe it. Just, I'm very rarely speechless, but this is about as close as I get to speechless," said Snedeker.

Northern Ireland's young superstar Rory McIlroy had won twice during the playoffs event, but he, like Tiger Woods who was also fighting it out to top the FedEx leaderboard, were unable to raise there game on the final hurdle. Snedeker was the only player to break par in the last five groups.

Such was the 31-year-old Nashville native's lead on the back nine, that even a wayward drive on the 18th couldn't prevent him from winning it all.

''I think it solidifies what I already know,'' Snedeker said. ''I think when I play my best golf, my best golf is some of the best in the world. I've never had more confidence in myself than I have the last five weeks, and I made sure that I kept telling myself that all day.

I am one of the best players in the world. This is supposed to happen. It's OK to feel nervous, and no matter what I feel today, everybody else in the field feels exactly the same way I do.

''So go out there and get it done. I did a great job of that.''

England's Justin Rose came second after shooting a final round 71, but it was McIlroy, who finished tied for tenth, who would have been most disappointed with his performance.

After winning twice within a week at both the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship, McIlroy and many others fancied his chances at taking the jackpot FedEx Cup prize.

''I'm a little disappointed, but at the same time, Brandt really deserves to win,'' McIlroy said. ''He played the best golf out of anyone. He knew what he needed to do. He needed to come in here and win. He controlled his own destiny, just like I did. And he was able to come and do that. So because of that, he really deserves it.

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