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Setback, but Rory McIlroy still in $10m hunt in Indiana

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By Robert Jones

Published 12/09/2016

Rory McIlroy finished the BMW Championship with a final round 72
Rory McIlroy finished the BMW Championship with a final round 72

Rory McIlroy's one step forward, two steps back, season continued as his putting woes returned in the final round of the BMW Championship in Indiana last night where a final round 72 saw him finish well off the pace on three under par.

The finish saw the World No3 slip out of the top five in the projected FedEx Cup standings but still in with a chance of landing the $10 million dollar bonus for topping the standings.

McIlroy finished in the BMW top 30 to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake in two weeks but the Holywood ace will need to make it a second win in three tournaments to land the Cup and big money prize.

McIlroy has struggled with his putting all year but looked to have found the answer last week when the combination of a new putter and coaching from Phil Kenyon helped him win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

An opening round 68 had him well placed at Crooked Stick, Indiana but he couldn't follow it up and had to settle for consecutive rounds in the 70s, finishing off with the frustration of two birdies and two bogeys last night.

Graeme McDowell's finish alongside McIlroy at three under was not enough for the Portrush man to move inside the top 30, meaning he won't tee up at East Lake.

Current US Open champion Dustin Johnson won the event, shooting 23 under par, with Englishman Paul Casey runner-up for the second week in succession three shots back.

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