Sport Defending champ McIlroy in serious danger of missing out on Tour Championship

19:01  13 september  2017
19:01  13 september  2017 Source:   Golf

7 Tour Pros Who Have the Most on the Line at BMW Championship

  7 Tour Pros Who Have the Most on the Line at BMW Championship So, where were we? Ah yes, the FedEx Cup Playoffs. After a week off, the march to the Tour Championship begins again at the BMW Championship, where the process of cutting the original 125 golfers down to the final 30 endures its biggest slice. Seventy players will tee it up at Conway Farms outside of Chicago this week, each playing with different goals in mind in this no-cut tournament. Forty are simply trying to find a way to keep this from being their final 72 holes of the 2016-’17 season. Among those are several marquee players, including the defending FedEx Cup champion, Rory McIlroy.

Defending champ McIlroy in serious danger of missing out on Tour Championship . Jason Day (No. 28) is currently inside the cutline for the Tour Championship , but a rough weekend in Chicago could end his season one week early.

Defending champ McIlroy in serious danger of missing out on Tour Championship . by Sean Zak.

Rory McIlroy has not won an event since last season's Tour Championship.© Getty Images // Drew Hallowell Rory McIlroy has not won an event since last season's Tour Championship.

Rory McIlroy is up against it.

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The sixth-ranked player in the world needs a strong performance at this week's BMW Championship in order to advance to the following week's Tour Championship. McIlroy will likely need at least a fourth-place finish at Conway Farms to earn enough FedEx Cup points to crack the top 30 and advance to the finale at East Lake.

McIlroy's up-and-down season has earned him 881 FedEx Cup points, his smallest tally at this point in a season since 2009, when he wasn't even a PGA Tour member.

Defending champ McIlroy in serious danger of missing out on Tour Championship

  Defending champ McIlroy in serious danger of missing out on Tour Championship Rory McIlroy is up against it. The sixth-ranked player in the world needs a strong performance at this week's BMW Championship in order to advance to the following week's Tour Championship. McIlroy will likely need at least a fourth-place finish at Conway Farms to earn enough FedEx Cup points to crack the top 30 and advance to the finale at East Lake. McIlroy's up-and-down season has earned him 881 FedEx Cup points, his smallest tally at this point in a season since 2009, when he wasn't even a PGA Tour member.

If Ohio State wins the Big Ten championship with a convincing win over no. 13 Wisconsin and Florida State wins another nail-biter against no. 11 Georgia Tech, the defending champs could get left out of the playoff despite being undefeated.

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In order for him to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship, a top-five finish would earn him enough points to make it interesting, while a top-four finish would make it much more likely and a third-place finish almost a sure thing.

The 28-year-old needs to jump at least 21 spots this weekend, so if he doesn't finish in the top two, he's unfortunately at the mercy of the performances from other players who have been much more consistent this season; players like Webb Simpson, who has played twice as many events. McIlroy won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup last season.

McIlroy is not the only headliner sweating it out this weekend, either. Phil Mickelson (No. 36) and Sergio Garcia (No. 34) both need to play their way into the top 30. Jason Day (No. 28) is currently inside the cutline for the Tour Championship, but a rough weekend in Chicago could end his season one week early.

This article was originally published on GOLF.com


McIlroy expects PGA Tour to merge with Europe circuit .
Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy believes the PGA Tour will eventually merge with the European Tour as it is "counter-productive" for them to compete against each other. The Northern Irishman said one way of achieving a unified circuit would be if the U.S.-based circuit bought the European Tour and continued to run its events. "The World Tour -- it's going to happen one day and I think it has to," McIlroy, who failed to qualify for this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, told the "No Laying Up" golf podcast.

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