Skip to main content

McIlroy minted after Crooked Stick win

September 9, 2012 -- Updated 2238 GMT (0638 HKT)
Rory McIlroy has won three of his last four tournaments, taking his earnings this season to more than $7.8 million.
Rory McIlroy has won three of his last four tournaments, taking his earnings this season to more than $7.8 million.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rory McIlroy wins BMW Championship by two shots at Crooked Stick on Sunday
  • World No. 1 triumphs for the third time in four starts, having earned more than $4.2 million
  • He tops the FedEx Cup standings ahead of deciding Tour Championship this month
  • McIlroy is one of five players who can win $10 million jackpot at East Lake

(CNN) -- World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has put himself in pole position to win the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot by claiming his second successive playoff event on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman followed up last Monday's win at the Deutsche Bank Championship by winning the BMW Championship by two shots, despite bogeying his last hole at Crooked Stick in Indiana.

It was the 23-year-old's third win in four starts, a run which started with his second major triumph at last month's PGA Championship. He has pocketed more than $4.2 million from those victories and $7.8 million on the PGA Tour this season.

It is a far cry from earlier this year, when he missed three halfway cuts in four events, including his U.S. Open title defense, and then tied for 60th at the British Open.

BMW Championship final scores

Is Olazabal ready for Ryder Cup?
What can Ryder Cup golfers expect?
Luke Donald shares his best chip shots
Chinese golfers prepare for Rio

"I'm just on a great run at the moment," said McIlroy, who became the fourth player to win two playoff events in the same year. "I'm playing well, I'm confident -- just hope to keep it going.

"It's great to be able to win events like this where the quality of the field is so good."

McIlroy will lead second-placed Tiger Woods by more than 3,000 points going into the deciding Tour Championship at Atlanta starting on September 20, when the top 30 players from the playoffs will line up.

McIlroy still has work to do to clinch the title, however, as Woods, third-placed Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and fifth-placed Brandt Snedeker can all overtake him by winning at East Lake.

He went into the final round tied for second with European Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood, one shot behind veterans Mickelson and Vijay Singh.

McIlroy shot a five-under-par 67, while Westwood carded 69 and Mickelson 70 to share second on 18-under 270.

Woods closed with 68 to finish another shot back tied for fourth with fellow American Robert Garrigus, whose 69 helped lift him from 31st to 20th in the playoff standings.

The 49-year-old Singh will not have the chance to try to emulate his 2008 FedEx Cup success as the Fijian fell to 33rd in the table after fading with a final-round 73 to finish eighth on 15 under.

Defending champion Bill Haas also missed out after a disastrous 78 left the American tied for 45th and 32nd overall.

Ryan Moore was the only other player from outside the top 30 to clinch a place at the decider, with American carding 70 to tie for 10th and move up from 35th to 28th.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 1251 GMT (2051 HKT)
It's a big dilemma: Be with your wife for the birth of your first child, or stay at work and try to earn $11 million. For Billy Horschel, it's a no-brainer.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 1140 GMT (1940 HKT)
She's just 19 but Hyo Joo Kim is already showing she's ready for the big time after recording the lowest ever round at a major championship.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1706 GMT (0106 HKT)
Masters champion Bubba Watson says winning the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot would bring forward his retirement from the game.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 1131 GMT (1931 HKT)
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the 14th green during the third round of The Evian Championship at the Evian Resort Golf Club on September 15, 2013 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The world's top women golfers will be chasing a $3.25 million prize purse at one of the most stunning courses on the LPGA Tour.
September 3, 2014 -- Updated 1219 GMT (2019 HKT)
Tom Watson selects Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for the Ryder Cup contest with Europe.
September 2, 2014 -- Updated 1352 GMT (2152 HKT)
Ian Poulter kept Europe clinging on in their Ryder Cup battle with the United States in Chicago.
Ian Poulter, who has constantly haunted the U.S. in Ryder Cup golf, is back after being chosen as a wildcard by European captain Paul McGinley.
August 25, 2014 -- Updated 1540 GMT (2340 HKT)
Tiger Woods has split with his longtime coach Sean Foley after not winning a major during their four-year tenure.
August 11, 2014 -- Updated 1105 GMT (1905 HKT)
Success just keeps on coming for Rory McIlroy, but the world No. 1 is already targeting more titles following his second PGA Championship win.
August 8, 2014 -- Updated 1424 GMT (2224 HKT)
From Seve's "spine-shivering" moment to Jack Nicklaus' "perfect explosion," David Cannon has captured many of golf's defining images.
August 7, 2014 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT)
They came home as casualties of war -- physically shattered and mentally broken. But golf is proving to be an unlikely salvation for U.S. veterans.
August 5, 2014 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT)
You are the one hitting the shots, but the man standing over your shoulder could hold the key to your golfing destiny.
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
PINEHURST, NC - JUNE 10: Rory McIlroy (R) of Northern Ireland talks with his dad Gerry McIlroy (L) during a practice round prior to the start of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 10, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
He has been there for all three of his son's major wins, but the latest triumph may well have been the sweetest yet for Rory McIlroy's father.
ADVERTISEMENT