World number one Rory McIlroy secured his second consecutive PGA Tour victory last night with a near-flawless final round in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday.
The Holywood golfer, winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton last Monday, closed with a five-under-par 67 to finish two shots clear of England’s Lee Westwood and American Phil Mickelson.
USPGA champion McIlroy sank six birdies while a bogey on the final hole was the only blemish on his card as he climbed from an overnight position of joint third to claim the title on 20 under.
“I came here with the mindset from Boston that I just wanted to keep going on this roll,” said the 23-year-old, whose previous triumph lifted him to number one in the FedEx Cup standings and ensured he will have a shot at the US dollars 10million prize at the Tour Championship in Atlanta later this month.
“Some suggested that I could have taken a week off and still could have been in the top five in the FedEx Cup standings going into Atlanta, but I felt like I was playing really well and didn’t want to stop that run.
“I sort of picked up where I left off in Boston, shot 64 the first day here, and just playing with a lot of confidence right now.
“I’m confident in my ability and confident with the shots that I’m hitting and confident on the greens. 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 to keep it going for as long as possible.”
McIlroy’s second successive victory in the FedEx Cup play-offs - and third win in four starts in America - has increased his dominance at the top of the world rankings.
The 23-year-old Northern Irishman now has Tiger Woods as his closest challenger for the first time. By finishing third and fourth the past two weeks Woods has moved ahead of Luke Donald.
Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings: 1 Rory McIlroy 12.80pts, 2 Tiger Woods 9.63, 3 Luke Donald 9.17, 4 Lee Westwood 7.57, 5 Adam Scott 6.37, 6 Webb Simpson 6.11, 7 Jason Dufner 6.08, 8 Bubba Watson 6.07, 9 Justin Rose 5.95, 10 Louis Oosthuizen 5.75, 11 Steve Stricker 5.72, 12 Dustin Johnson 5.48, 13 Keegan Bradley 5.48, 14 Matt Kuchar 5.41, 15 Phil Mickelson 5.16, 16 Zach Johnson 5.10, 17 Graeme McDowell 5.03, 18 Sergio Garcia 4.93, 19 Brandt Snedeker 4.92, 20 Hunter Mahan 4.78.