Globe-trotting McIlroy at home in FedExCup playoffs
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Soon to be without a house, Rory McIlroy again showed he feels completely at home in the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs as he stayed on track on Friday to secure the season-long title and the bonus of $10 million.
The globe-trotting world number one, who is selling his $3.2 million mansion in Northern Ireland because he hardly ever stays there, carded a two-under-par 68 in the Tour Championship second round to remain atop the FedExCup points standings.
Though Jim Furyk moved one stroke clear of the elite 30-man field in the season-ending tournament after firing a superb 64, McIlroy would have to finish 12th or worse on Sunday to give the American a chance of clinching the playoff title.
McIlroy will enter Saturday's third round at East Lake Golf Club trailing Furyk by four strokes and is oozing confidence after winning three times in his last four PGA Tour starts.
"I'm only four shots back, so I've still got a good chance going into the weekend," the mop-haired Northern Irishman told reporters after ending the second round at three-under 137.
"I'm just going to go out and do the same thing," McIlroy said of his strategy for Saturday. "Try to play well, give myself plenty of opportunities, hit fairways and get on the greens. That's all I can think about."
Asked how much he had thought about the lucrative FedExCup title over the last two days after being the dominant player in the first three playoff events, he replied: "Every now and then, of course.
"I think it's natural. There is so much emphasis on it. But first and foremost you've really got to concentrate on trying to stay in the moment and just think about this tournament." Continued...