Thursday, 13 September 2012

McIlroy Stellar in 2nd Straight Victory

By Darren

Rory McIlroy is not only proving he is the best golfer in the world, but he’s playing his best golf at the best time of year.  McIlroy was victorious for the second straight week, and his third win in just four tournaments dating back to the PGA Championship, this time his win came at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana.  McIlroy fired a 4th round 67, two strokes ahead of Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson to capture the win and has now won the 2nd and 3rd round of the PGA Playoffs.  Rory began the final day one stroke off the leaders Mickelson and Vijay Singh, but got off to a fast start with three birdies on the front 9.  McIlroy made his move with back to back birdies on holes nine and ten, and he stayed steady shooting a two under on the back 9 and his lead was never really threatened after the 13th hole, he became the first player to win four tournaments this season passing Woods who has won three. McIlroy likely locked up the Player of the Year Award with this win, at only 23 years of age he continues to amaze fans and fellow golfers.   

                With the win McIlroy clinches the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the final week of the PGA Playoffs, the totals are now reset for the top 30 players who will be invited to the Tour Championship.  Tiger Woods finished tied for 4th at the BMW Championship, three strokes back this weekend and currently sits in second place in the FedEx Cup standings, which will set up for a great finale to the Playoffs.  The new FedEx Cup standings assure the top five players will finish at the top of the leader board and claim the $10 Million bonus with a victory at The Tour Championship.  Woods is followed in the standings by Nick Watney, Mickelson, and Brandt Snedeker rounding out the top 5 for the the final showdown.  The Northern Ireland native has put together a run the likes of which we haven’t seen since Tiger Woods was at the top of his game.  But Tiger seems to be regaining his swagger and has been known to rise to the occasion when the time is crucial.  Phil Mickelson has also been playing well, and you can never count out Snedeker or Watney.  Like the last three weeks we will see a great finish to the Playoffs at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta Georgia starting September 20th