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Rory McIlroy takes BMW title for second consecutive PGA Tour win

September 09, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot at No. 2 during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot at No. 2 during the final round of the BMW… (Warren Little / Getty Images )

Rory McIlroy was the last man standing Sunday in the star-studded BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., winning by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood with a five-under-par 67 in the final round.

The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, a two-time major winner who is ranked No. 1 in the world, earned his fourth victory of the PGA Tour season and became the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win back-to-back events. The 23-year-old won the Deutsche Bank Championship last week at TPC Boston.

McIlroy, who finished at 20-under 268, vaulted to the top of the FedEx Cup playoff, which concludes next week in Atlanta at the Tour Championship. The FedEx Cup winner pockets $10 million. Westwood and Mickelson were at 18 under.

"I’m just on a great run at the moment," McIlroy said. "I’m playing well, I’m confident -- just hope to keep it going."

McIlroy becomes the fourth golfer, along with Woods, Singh and Camilo Villegas, to win two FedEx Cup playoff events. He also joins Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only six-time winners on the PGA Tour by age 23.

“It’s great to be able to win events like this where the quality of the field is so good,” McIlroy added.

Woods, who shot one-under 71 Saturday to remain three shots back of co-leaders Vijay Singh and Mickelson entering the final round, shot a 68 to finish tied for fourth with Robert Garrigus at 17 under.

Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott, who each shot a 70, tied for sixth at 16 under, followed by Singh, who shot 73, in eighth.

Woods, who played the first two rounds with McIlroy and is paired with him on Thursday in Atlanta, appreciates how the 23-year-old star has been turning in Woods-like performances.

"He’s putting on a show out there," Woods said. "We’ve got one more tournament."

Wire service and Internet reports contributed to this story.

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