Sunday 22 April 2018

McIlroy in uphill battle as Johnson moves to No 1 make BMW Championship

Rory Mcilroy lines up his putt during the third round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at Glen Oaks Club. Photo: Dennis Schneidler/USA Today Sports
Rory Mcilroy lines up his putt during the third round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at Glen Oaks Club. Photo: Dennis Schneidler/USA Today Sports

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Rory McIlroy couldn't get out of second gear on the final day of the Northern Trust Open as a two-over-par 72 left him outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Dustin Johnson claimed his fourth FedEx Cup playoff victory of his career after forcing the tournament into a sudden death shootout with Jordan Spieth by holing a 20-foot putt on the last. Johnson followed a final round 66 with a birdie on the first extra hole to see off Spieth and with it he moves up to No 1 in the FedEx rankings.

The World No 4 McIlroy moved up one place to 43rd spot and moves on to this week's Dell Technologies Championship, where he is the holder.

McIlroy will have to climb into the top 30 to qualify for the BMW Championship, which takes place in Illinois a fortnight later.

"My game isn't where it needs to be," McIlroy said after his round. "But it's okay, conditions were tricky out there. This afternoon the course played quite firm and fairways were bouncing out a lot.

"Again, my battling qualities, that's all I really have right now. I'm sort of a little inconsistent with my swing and sort of with everything else.

Meanwhile, American Julian Suri carded a brilliant final round of 64 to win the Made in Denmark event and claim his first European Tour title in just his seventh appearance.

Ireland's Paul Dunne finished the weekend with a 69 for a 10-under par total and a share of 14th place.

Irish Independent

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