CARMEL — Wet conditions, low scores and the best golfers in the world made the 2012 BMW Championship a tournament many will never forget.
The final round on Sunday began with a leaderboard top heavy with many familiar names. Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson began the day with the lead at 16-under-par.
Neither man was able to withstand the charge by Rory McIlroy as he captured his second win in a row and his third in four tournaments.
“Just another great week,” McIlroy said. “I came here with the mindset from Boston (last week’s tournament that he won) that I just wanted to keep going on this roll.”
He did just that — never getting to far from the lead during the 72-hole event. His opening round 64 set the tone for the rest of his tournament.
“(I’m) just playing with a lot of confidence right now,” McIlroy said. “I’m confident in my ability and confident with the shots that I’m hitting and confident on the greens.”
It was that confidence and the fact Mickelson and Singh were not scoring well in the final round. Mickelson carded three bogeys and Singh had four as McIlroy took the final round lead from Mickelson after a birdie on the 10th.
“I was a little bit off today,” Mickelson said. “I wasn’t quite getting the ball on line with my irons, and my putter was just a little bit off.”
With the win, McIlroy remains a top the FedEx cup standing. Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Mickelson, and Brandt Snedeker round out the top five.
“I accomplished on of my goals, which was to get in the top five,” Mickelson said. “I just feel really good about where my game is headed.