CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

BMW Championship 2012: Rory McIlroy Surges To Win

Rory McIlroy surged into the lead on Sunday and won the BMW Championship, defeating a loaded field.

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World Golf Rankings 2012: Rory McIlroy Remains No. 1

Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings, which is where he has stood since winning the PGA Championship. McIlroy has been surging since that big win, as he's also won the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship. Those victories, which came in back-to-back weeks, helped to solidify his position atop the rankings.

Related: BMW Championship 2012: Rory McIlroy Finishes At 20-under, Wins Tournament

Tiger Woods hasn't been able to break into the win column of late, but he's put together a string of solid finishes and sits in second place in the rankings. Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott round out the top five, which is unchanged from last week. Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson each moved up a spot, while Webb Simpson dropped two. Louis Oosthuizen fell from 10th to 11th.

The latest top 10:

1. Rory McIlroy (12.93)
2. Tiger Woods (9.54)
3. Luke Donald (9.18)
4. Lee Westwood (7.44)
5. Adam Scott (6.43)
6. Jason Dufner (6.13)
7. Bubba Watson (6.11)
8. Webb Simpson (6.01)
9. Justin Rose (5.87)
10. Steve Stricker (5.77)

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Rory McIlroy Reminds Tiger Woods Of Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods sees a lot of himself in young rival Rory McIlroy. He'll get to see even more of him in two weeks, when the Nos. 1 and 2 in the world and the FedEx Cup standings tee it up together in the Tour Championship.

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Phil Mickelson Claws Way Into Contention At Crooked Stick

Phil Mickelson has been known to tinker a bit with his clubs but, with four straight birdies on his front nine and two more more after the turn in Saturday’s second round at the BMW Championship, it would appear that The Claw will remain in Lefty’s repertoire for some time.

Mickelson started the day something of an afterthought -- what with the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy tandem capturing the golf world’s imagination, and 49-year-old Vijay Singh putting on a show with opening rounds of 7-under 65 and 66 to take the 36-hole lead. By the time he canned his seventh birdie of the day on No. 13, Mickelson had jumped into a share of the lead, thanks to new-found confidence with his putter.

“I have a lot less stress,” Mickelson told reporters after posting a 3-under 69 on Friday. “The ball starts on line and a lot softer. The face is square throughout the entire stroke. There's no opening or closing, so consequently I hit them a lot on line.”

Mickelson, who has employed two drivers in the same round and toyed with blades, mallets and even had a brief flirtation with the belly putter last year at about this time, began experimenting with the unconventional grip on his flat stick after his putting bottomed out at The Barclays two weeks ago. The clamp, which causes almost as much agita among traditionalists as long putters, has been a mainstay among PGA Tour golfers seeking remedies to the yips for some time.

Mickelson used the setup to play his way back into contention at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, where he finished in a tie for fourth, his best outcome since sharing third place at the Masters in April. Despite his complaints about his short game, Mickelson began the week ranked sixth in the strokes gained-putting category, a statistic he matched at TPC Boston.

The 40-time tour winner contended on Friday that he needed “a little better touch” to can the eight- to 15-footers. With birdies on the fourth, those four in a row as he made the turn, another on the 12th, and a bogey save on 14 after some wayward shots, it would seem he had found what was missing.

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Weather Worries Break Up Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will have to make do with new playing partners on Saturday. Threatening weather will force PGA Tour officials to send golfers out in threesomes for Saturday's third round of the BMW Championship.

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Tiger Vs. Rory: The Show We've All Been Waiting For

Make no mistake about it; Tiger vs. Rory is the golf rivalry this generation has been longing for.

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BMW Championship Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy Finishes Day 1 On Top

The first round of the 2012 BMW Championship, the third event in golf's FedEx Cup postseason series, has finished with marquee names at the top of the leaderboard. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were paired for the day, and they did not let the fans down.

McIlroy finished in a four-way tie for first place after shooting an opening-round 64. Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt and Graham DeLaet are even with McIlroy at 8-under.

Woods is one back of the leaders after knocking in nine birdies and two bogeys to finish with a 7-under 65. Vijay Singh sits tied with Tiger in fifth place after going 7-under on the final 10 holes, highlighted by an eagle to finish the front nine.

After a promising start, Phil Mickelson stumbled on the last seven holes. Lefty went 4-under through 11, before running into trouble with three bogeys and two birdies to finish at 69 for the day, leaving him tied for 29th.

Americans Ryan Moore and Robert Garrigus moved into the projected top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings with their rounds on Thursday. Moore is tied for seventh at the BMW, two back of the leaders at 6-under. Garrigus is three back in 10th place.

The top 30 players in FedEx Cup points advance to the Tour Championship.

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Rory McIlroy Puts The Spring Back In Tiger Woods’ Step

Rory McIlroy seems to be just what Tiger Woods needs to get his competitive juices flowing.

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