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