McIlroy a ‘Super Bowl’ champ in a year without winning major

Rory McIlroy reacts after making a birdie putt on the 15th green during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club Sunday in Atlanta. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy walked toward the stage in the media room at East Lake, the FedEx Cup silver and shiny on the table, when he raised his arm and declared with a smile, “Super Bowl champ!”