On Fire: Rory McIlroy Extends Hot Streak At BMW Championship


There’s no better term to describe Rory McIlroy than “on fire.” The young Northern Irishman has been on a role as of late and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. As the golf world prepares for the Tour Championship and the conclusion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in the upcoming weeks, McIlroy looks to be one step ahead of the game. The 23-year-old won his second tour stop in a row, claiming the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick on Sunday. Banking on his PGA Championship victory six days prior, McIlroy capped off another successful weekend with a final day 5-under 67 to hold off veterans Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood by two strokes on the weekend. This was McIlroy’s third Tour victory in his last four tournaments.

McIlroy entered the BMW Championship front and center, the focal point of everyone’s attention. Coming immediately off of his second career major championship victory at the PGA Championship at TPC Boston, McIlroy was paired with Tiger Woods for the first round of the BMW. While some golfers might buckle under the pressure of playing in the featured group, McIlroy excelled, remaining at or near the top of the leaderboard from the beginning of the weekend. This is good news for McIlroy fans, as he will most likely see the likes of Woods and the PGA’s other top golfers in his group at the Tour Championship.

With his victory at the BMW Championship, McIlroy became the first golfer on Tour since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win back-to-back PGA Tour events. If it wasn’t clear that McIlroy was one of the most legitimate contenders for the Tour Championship, Sunday proved he meant business. Throughout his last four PGA tournaments, McIlroy has shot a staggering 54 strokes under par. Leading up to one of the biggest tournaments of the year, McIlroy is booming with confidence based on his epic performances as of late.

“I’m confident in my ability and confident with the shots that I’m hitting and confident on the greens,” McIlroy said. “I’m making the right decisions out there, and everything is really just going to plan at the minute. I just want to try and keep this run going and keep the confidence level up where it is.”

Not only does McIlroy have the advantage of supreme confidence rolling into the Tour Championship in two weeks in Atlanta, he has caught the attention of his biggest competitors as well.

“He’s going out there and is up near the lead and posts a good number,” Tiger Woods said of McIlroy’s play. “He’s doing the things he needs to do, and as he said yesterday, he’s feeling very confident about his game. Right now he’s just really played well, and he’s making a ton of putts. That’s a great combo.”

“A lot of people stayed neutral and Rory geared ahead,” Phil Mickelson added.

The Tour Championship will kick off September 20th from East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. McIlroy will enter the playoffs as the world’s best golfer, looking to continue his hot streak.

“Hopefully, in a couple weeks’ time, I’ll be sitting right here again with two trophies beside me,” McIlroy said of his hopes for Atlanta.

Congratulations to Rory on another stunning performance and best of luck at the Tour Championship..


John Ohail


September 11, 2012