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September 16 2012

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FedExCup preview: Rory McIlroy

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Rory McIlroy, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: McIlroy controls his own destiny for the FedExCup:
> If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the FedExCup
> Has a reasonable chance of winning with a top-5 finish
> Can finish as low as 29th and still have a mathematical chance of winning

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SEASON IN REVIEW: The high point of McIlroy's season would have to be his eight-stroke triumph at the PGA Championship, which was his second major and returned him to No. 1 in the world. But his performance so far in the Playoffs has been equally impressive as he picked up his third and fourth wins of the season at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship -- holding off an all-star cast that included the likes of Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods at the first and Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood at the second. Long forgotten in that late season surge were those three missed cuts in four starts after he lost in a playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship that had tongues wagging and pundits questioning McIlroy's desire. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at McIlroy's results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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Tournament
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Tournament finish

T-24

1st

1st

FEC ranking after event

4th

1st

1st

PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how McIlroy has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

FedExCup finish

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36th

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EAST LAKE HISTORY: This is McIlroy's first start at East Lake.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at McIlroy:
The best player in the world right now. Probably the Player of the Year on the PGA TOUR. He creates so much torque in his swing with a complete turn and lag. He may not win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola but has to be the favorite.

WATCH: McIlroy surges to the top at Deutsche Bank

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Rory McIlroy

Now it’s your turn. How do you think McIlroy will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?

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