Saturday, September 15, 2012

Red Hot McIlroy the Man for Europe

World number one, Rory McIlroy, could begin the Ryder Cup $10m richer if he can win the FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship at East Lake, after another sensational victory for the current king of the course.

The Northern Irishman made it three wins from his last four starts by securing a two-shot victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, making it back-to-back wins in the FedEx Cup play-offs.

The 23-year old will now head to East Lake as the overwhelming favourite at to pick up the $10m jackpot that comes with winning the FedEx Cup – which would be a massive boost to Europe’s main man ahead of this month’s Ryder Cup.

An at times difficult season has really hit full speed now, with last month’s PGA Championship success at Kiawah Island securing McIlroy’s second Major title to add to his US Open victory from last year.

The two-time Major winner certainly sounds like a man full of self-belief and confidence in his game.

“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.’

“Every time you put yourself in these positions and you end up winning, it just gets put in the memory bank and it’s great to draw on if you ever need it.”

Now a bone-fide golfing superstar, McIlroy is living up to all the hype that has surrounded him for much of the past couple of years, producing his best form at the big events.

The European team and fans will certainly be hoping that continues at the Medinah Club later this month.

In his younger days, McIlroy claimed he did not feel the Ryder Cup was that big of a deal. That view changed when he made his debut in Europe’s stunning victory in 2010, and there is no doubt that McIlroy will be fired up for this year’s tournament.

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