RORY MCILROY bogeyed the last hole – probably just to show he is still mostly human – to take the 2012 BMW Championship by two strokes at the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
It was the 23 year old Northern Irishman’s third win in four starts on the US PGA Tour and back to back FedEx Cup Playoff victories.
And, he admitted later, he wasn’t playing his best throughout the tournament.
“I felt like I was probably a little more on my game last week,” McIlroy said immediately after what was his 6th US win, including two Majors. “I scrambled well yesterday (3rd Round) which just gave me a bit of a chance going in today. I did some good work on the range last night and drove the ball beautifully today and set myself up to attack these pins.”
McIlroy began the day one behind the leaders and closed with a 5-under 67 to finish the golf tournament at 20-under, two clear of Lee Westwood (69) and Phil Mickelson (70).
Tiger Woods (68) and Robert Garrigus (69) were tied fourth on 17-under with Adam Scott (70) the best of the Australians on 16-under tied for sixth.
McIlroy sunk six birdies in a flawless round of golf until the final hole, his first bogey in 27 holes.
“I’m just on a great run at the minute and trying to keep that going for as long as possible,” he said. “I’m playing well, I’m confident, and it’s just nice to have these runs.”
The world no.1 is in the number one spot in the FedEx Cup rankings going into the 30 golfer Tour Championship in Atlanta on Thursday week.
Also in the top five in order are Woods, Nick Watney, Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
If any of those five win in Atlanta they will take out not only the Tour Championship but the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus. If anyone above the top five wins, they are dependent on other results.
That includes Scott (21st), who improved four places after his second successive Playoff top 10, and John Senden, who after a somewhat disappointing weekend and final round 73 just snuck in at 29th.
Greg Chalmers rose to the occasion with an impressive six-under 66 in the final round to finish at 10-under par in a tie for 16th but finished five outside the cut line in 35th place.
Marc Leishman (46th) and Geoff Ogilvy (47th) are also out of the running.
2012 BMW Championship Leaderboard & FedEx Cup Standings