McIlroy has sights set on capping banner year in style

Wed Sep 3, 2014 6:21pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE Colorado (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday that he will be "disappointed" unless he can cap his banner year by capturing FedExCup honors and the eye-popping $10 million bonus given to the playoff winner.

Despite counting the British Open and PGA Championship among his four triumphs worldwide in 2014 and reclaiming the title as the game's best, McIlroy will tee off in Thursday's opening round of the BMW Championship with a burning desire for more.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman is second on the season-long FedExCup points list behind Chris Kirk, who triumphed at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, and enters the PGA Tour's penultimate playoff event at Cherry Hills Country Club just outside Denver determined to reclaim top spot.

After arriving at the 2012 Tour Championship finale at number one following two playoff wins, McIlroy was pipped by American Brandt Snedeker and missed out on pocketing the $10 million first prize.

And it still irks him.

"I still got compensated pretty well for second place, so it wasn't too bad but I feel like it's been such a great year on the golf course that if I wasn't to go ahead and win the FedExCup, it would definitely be disappointing," said McIlroy.

"I really want to cap off this summer as best as I can. Not winning a couple of years ago did add a little bit of fuel to the fire and probably makes me a little bit more determined to try to win it this year."

The top 70 players on the FedExCup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship qualified through to Cherry Hills this week with Dustin Johnson the only one not taking his place as he takes his voluntary absence from the sport.   Continued...

Sep 1, 2014; Norton, MA, USA; Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 4th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports