McIlroy wins back-to-back Playoffs titles
23-year-old Rory McIlroy has maintained his stunning run of form to claim the 2012 BMW Championship by two strokes from England’s Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson.
The world number one fired a sizzling 5-under 67 to secure his second consecutive FedEx Playoffs title following last week’s one stroke win over Louis Oosthuizen at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McIlroy becomes the first player to win consecutive US PGA Tour titles since Tiger Woods in 2009. McIlroy is also just the fourth player to win two FedEx Playoffs events in the same year following Tiger Woods (2007), Vijay Singh (2008) and Camilo Villegas (2008).
“Just another great week. You know, I came here with the mindset from Boston that I just wanted to keep going on this roll. Some suggested that I could have taken a week off and still could have been in the top 5 in the FedExCup standings going into Atlanta, but I felt like I was playing really well and didn’t want to stop that run.”
“I’m making the right decisions out there, and everything is really just going to plan at the minute. It’s a nice run to be on, and I want to try and keep it going for as long as possible,” said an understandably confident McIlroy.
Tiger Woods and Robert Garrigus closed in equal fourth with Adam Scott, finishing the best of the Australians in a tie for sixth – four shots behind McIlroy.
“I struggled yesterday at the start, obviously. I was 3‑over and got myself back in the tournament. And as I said yesterday, it was going to take about a 63 or 64 today to give myself a chance, and that was the number,” said Woods.
2011 Australian Open and PGA champion Greg Chalmers fired a final round 6-under 66 to finish in equal 16th place but it was not enough to advance to the TOUR Championship in two weeks’ time. Joining him on the sidelines were Geoff Ogilvy and Marc Leishman.
Despite finishing T56 following weekend rounds of 76 and 73, Australia’s John Senden was gifted a place in the top 30 following poor final round efforts from Kyle Stanley and 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas.
McIlroy heads to the TOUR Championship on top of the FedExCup points leader board, however he still has some work to do to secure the title.
If any of the players in the top-5 – Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson or Brandt Snedeker – can win the Tour Championship, the FedExCup title will also be theirs.