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BMW Championship, World Number One Rory McIlroy Wins Again.

Driving away

Rory McIlroy/Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy, the World number one, won the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, Carmel Indiana on Sunday with a strong final round of -5 under par, 67 and a tournament winning total of -20 under par. This is back to back wins for Rory and the third win in his last four starts. He won the PGA Championship last week, this now gives him four wins on the season. Rory said he is confident and playing well;

” I’m just on a great run at the moment. 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. The more you put yourself in this position, and the more you win and the more you pick up trophies, it becomes normal, and it feels like this is what you’re supposed to do. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I’m getting to that stage where I’m thinking, this is what I should be doing. I should be lifting a trophy at the end of the week. It’s been great, the last four, five weeks have been incredible, some of the best golf that I’ve ever played. I’m going to try and keep the run going for as long as possible.”

Two shots adrift of the leader were Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, who tied for second place at -18 under par. Tiger Woods and Robert Garrigus finished tied for third spot with a tournament total of -17 under par.

Lee Westwood commented about Rory;

” I played with him when he was 13, and you could see it then. He’s just maturing all the time, as he will do. And he’s a very, very good player.”

Vijay Singh, who started in the final group on Sunday with Phil, slumped to a disappointing +1 over par last round of 73, finishing the tournament at -15 under par, five shots back of the winner.

Phil also praised Rory;

” A lot of people stayed neutral and Rory geared ahead “

Tiger Woods was also complementary;

” Rory is putting on a show out there, and we’ve got one more tournament. He’s going out there and is up near the lead and posts a good number. 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.”

Final Standings for the FedEx Cup, the Tour Championship by Coca Cola at East lake Golf Course in Atlanta Georgia, to be played September 20 – 23, 2012.

 

1 Rory McIlroy
2 Tiger Woods
3 Nick Watney
4 Phil Mickelson
5 Brandt Snedeker
6 Louis Oosthuizen
7 Dustin Johnson
8 Lee Westwood
9 Zach Johnson
10 Jason Dufner
11 Bubba Watson
12 Sergio Garcia
13 Steve Stricker
14 Keegan Bradley
15 Luke Donald
16 Matt Kuchar
17 Carl Pettersson
18 Jim Furyk
19 Bo Van Pelt
20 Robert Garrigus
21 Adam Scott
22 Ernie Els
23 Hunter Mahan
24 Justin Rose
25 Webb Simpson
26 John Huh
27 Rickie Fowler
28 Ryan Moore
29 John Senden
30 Scott Piercy

BMW Championship 3rd round, Vijay and Phil at the top.

Sunday shootout in store

Vijay Singh & Phil Mickelson/Getty Images

Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson sit atop the leaderboard after the third round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel Indiana on Saturday. Vijay had a modest -3 under par 69, against Phil and his magnificent third round of -8 under par 63. Both players sharing the top spot at -16 under par. The rest of the field is very close behind them, World number one, and last weeks winner Rory McIlroy is tied in third place with Lee Westwood at -15 under par. The best golfers in the world tore it up, aided and abetted by the organizers, lift, clean and place just made it too easy for the likes of these guys.

Vijay answered a question about whether he could last the four rounds;

” I’ve one more to do, I’ve got to play a little better than what I did today. I’ve got to make less mistakes than I did today. I think I can do that.”

Phil Mickelson is glad that his game is back, he affirmed that with his 10 birdies on the round today;

” It’s taken me a little while to piece it back together, but I could tell last week that my game was back and I was ready to play at the highest level again, I came out Thursday and forced it a little too much the front nine. But after that, I’ve been able to settle down and play some good golf. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s shootout. It should fun.”

Rory McIlroy was delighted to be only one shot back of the leaders after a not very good third round;

” I’m delighted just to be one back going into tomorrow because the display of golf I put on out there from tee to green was not very good. I hung in there and made some putts on the back nine and was able to get myself back in the tournament.”

Lee Westwood spoke about the star-studded top of the leaderboard;

” The cream has risen to the top, hasn’t it.”

There are 16 players that are separated by only five shots, that between them have won 29 majors and 21 World Golf Championships, and four of them have been at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking over the last decade, that’s some leaderboard.

There are three players hovering at -14 under par, Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus shot rounds of  -6, 66 today, while Dustin Johnson had a -5, 67 for the same total for the tournament. Tiger Woods is alone in eighth place at -13 under par after his meager third round of -1 under par 71.

Tiger said he thinks he still has a chance, if he plays well;

” I’m within reach, I have to probably shoot 63 or 64 tomorrow to have a chance.”

Adam Scott commented on the gallery, and said he was pleased to be in the mix;

“The crowd is pretty rowdy, and it’s an incredible leaderboard, it’s going to be fun. I’m glad I put myself in that position.”

 It seems that just about everyone has something at stake tomorrow, and everyone has a chance, Dustin Johnson summed it all up;

” It’s the Playoffs, guys come to play golf in the big tournaments. It seems like all year the top guys are up there every time.”

Lets go play golf.

BMW Championship, 2nd Round, Amazing Ageless Vijay

Ageless wonder

Ageless Vijay Singh/Halleran/Getty Images

The second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick has been completed and amazingly the seemingly ageless Vijay Singh is sitting comfortably at the top of the leaderboard. VJ had a second round score of -6 under par 66, for a tournament total of -13 under par, one shot clear of the chasing pack. Vijay Singh is trying to make the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola for the 17th time. That prowling pack, at -12 under par includes World number one Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore, this is a very closely contested event at the top of the leaderboard. Vijay had 11 one-putt greens on Friday and made 17 of 18 putts inside 10 feet, including four consecutive birdies, which really set him up today;

” That kind of got me going. When I did miss the green, I stuck my chip shot very close, so always nice to keep the momentum going.”

Rory McIlroy said he kind of struggled today, he needed to concentrate on his game;

” There was a few struggles going on I think we needed to concentrate a little bit more. Things were sort of coming easy yesterday. We needed to concentrate out there and try and shoot the best score possible, and we obviously both did that. I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday but was able to get it around. It seemed like every time I missed the green, I missed it in the wrong spot and left myself difficult chips. But I took advantage of the opportunities that I did give myself, and I just think I’m putting so well recently that any time I do get a look on the green for birdie. I’m sort of making those and that’s making up for some of it.”

Tiger Woods also admitted that he was not quite right, said he was;

” Slapping it everywhere, I didn’t have it with my swing. Just kind of fighting it around here. I was grinding hard, staying as patient as possible. You look up at the scores, the guys are just running off. I just wanted to get to double digits today. I felt like that would have been a good accomplishment the way I was hitting the golf ball.”

Lee Westwood and Bo Van Pelt are another shot back at -11 under par, just about everybody else is close behind. Those currently not contending too well include, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Brandt Snedeker, all Ryder Cup participants.

 

 

 

BMW Championship, Its Bunched at the top.

The BMW Championship got off to a flying start here at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana, Its bunched at the top of the leaderboard after Thursdays opening round. Four players are sharing the top position at -8 under par, after rounds of 64 they are;  Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt, Graham DeLaet and last weeks winner, World number one Rory McIlroy. Rory and Tiger Woods were paired up for this opening round, and they seemed to enjoy it, Rory said;

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with Tiger, and every time that we’re paired up, we seem to have a good time. I felt like my iron play was some of the best it’s been all year, basically in my whole life. I was giving myself a lot of opportunities to attack the pins from the fairways as well. I just have to try and keep doing that for the next three days. With the soft conditions, you could really shoot a number out there, and I did.”

Tiger was very complementary about Rory, and his impact on the game of golf;

“It’s a lot of fun, this is the next generation of guys coming out. He hits it great, putts it great, and on top of that, he’s just a really nice kid. The game of golf is in great hands with him, and he’s here to stay. I wasn’t playing particularly well, but I scored. Rory, on the other hand, played beautifully today. Every single part of his game was working. It all looked good. I was very fortunate to post the number I shot.”

TOUR Report: Live updates

Tiger and Rory/Halleran/Getty Images

Just one behind after finishing with rounds of 65 and scores of -7 under par are Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, both previous winners of the FedEx Cup.

Another shot further back are three players on -6 under par; Luke Donald, Ryan Moore and Ryan Palmer. There are a plethora of players at -5 and -4 under par, the course is playing very easy with the recent rain softening the greens and also the players are allowed to pick, clean and place their ball, none of that tough stuff we have to play through, all we get is play the ball as it lies.

One of the TV commentators was talking about the new BMW M5, saying it was much more fuel-efficient than the old model. That is not much consolation for us guys down here in New Zealand, the government have just increased the price of gas because all us good Kiwi’s  have bought fuel-efficient cars. This means that we are not buying as much fuel as we used to, that’s got to be good, right. Not so, say the government, it means they are losing tax dollars, so they increased the price of gas to compensate.

I am currently between BMW’s, having recently sold my 7 series, so at the moment I am in a vacuum, and a little crest fallen.

Justin Rose ready to defend his BMW Championship Crown

Justin Rose is keen and eager to defend his BMW Championship Crown, as he tries to become the ninth golfer ever to win consecutive BMW Championship/Western Open titles. Eight of the previous back-to-back winners won at least three majors and is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Four of the eight are ranked among the PGA Tour’s top-10 all-time winners, and now Justin has a unique chance to join them. The some of the names included on the winners’ list are,  Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead  and Tiger Woods.

Justin said;

“It’s overwhelming to think that you grew up watching the Western Open and that you’re a part of that tournament and that heritage. When I won last year, they gave me two trophies, and you know, it’s not often that you win a tournament and you get two trophies.”

Justin Rose Justin Rose of England tees off on the 1st during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at the Wentworth Club on May 23, 2012 in Virginia Water, England.

 Justin Rose Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe)
The tournament this year is  temporarily leaving the familiar setting of suburban Chicago, where Rose won last year, for the PGA Tour’s first stop in Indianapolis in more than two decades, at Crooked Stick. Ticket sales for the Sept. 6-9 event have been brisker than organizers anticipated.
Justin can happily recall  every vivid detail from Crooked Stick’s last PGA event.  The tale of John Daly’s late-night arrival at the 1991 PGA Championship to the to the roaring crowds that followed the late alternate player all weekend, and Big John’s fist-pumping stroll down the 18th fairway, Justin can recall all the details like he was there in person.
“It was the whole story, him driving through the night, getting there late. I think it shows you that sometimes expectations, or the lack thereof, is a mindset that brings out the best in us. I feel like sometimes, I’ve played my best golf when I was really sick. When you talk about the FedEx Cup and the playoffs, sometimes, I think it’s important to not believe your own words and to simplify it to just golf. What we hadn’t had in recent years was Tiger competing for the FedEx Cup. With him being up there, he’s going to want to come here and play well and that’s good. But it’s a case of beware of what you wish for.”
Justin is interested in the history of Crooked Stick, and would like to meet Pete Dye in person, or even maybe see him riding around Crooked Stick with his dog in the golf cart.

 

“The history is what really makes tournaments great. The list of names on that trophy,  Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus and Tiger , is really great.  I’ve never done it, won back-to-back, and it would be one of those ticks on the to-do list. As the defending champ, you want to come back and do yourself proud, but you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself.”

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