Wednesday 18 September 2019

Rory McIlroy trails Justin Thomas in $15 million FedEx Cup as Shane Lowry misses out on finale

Rory McIlroy and his caddie walk the 11th hole during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club - No. 3. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Rory McIlroy and his caddie walk the 11th hole during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club - No. 3. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Keogh

Rory McIlroy will begin this week's Tour Championship five shots behind new FedEx Cup leader Justin Thomas after a disappointing weekend in the BMW Championship in Chicago.

The world number three closed with rounds of 70 and 71 to tie for 19th on 11-under at Medinah, 14 shots behind Thomas, whose three-shot win catapulted him from 15th to first in the race for the $15 million FedEx Cup bonus.

Leading by six shots overnight thanks to a scintillating, course record 61 on Saturday, Thomas birdied four of his last eight holes to card a 68 and claim his 10th PGA Tour win by three shots from Patrick Cantlay, who shot 65, on 25-under par.

As a result, Thomas leapt from 15th to first in the FedEx Cup standings and under the new staggered format introduced for the Tour Championship, he will start on 10-under par at East Lake, two shots ahead of second-ranked Cantlay, three ahead of third-ranked Brooks Koepka, four clear of Patrick Reed and five ahead of McIlroy.

Open champion Shane Lowry, who needed to finish solo 29th at Medinah to secure his a first appearance at the Tour Championship, tied for 48th on five-under after a 69 to fall from 25th to 33rd in the standings.

Graeme McDowell also misses out on Atlanta, ending up 68th after he tied for 57th on three-under after a 71.

Masters champion Tiger Woods, who needed to finish 11th to defend his title at East Lake, tied for 37th with Jordan Spieth after a 72 and fell further in the standings to 42nd.

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