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McIlroy's FedEx Cup defence dream ends as Leishman storms to BMW title

The 28-year-old failed to make the cut for the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

RORY MCILROY’S DEFENCE of the FedEx Cup has officially come to an end, as he failed to make the cut for the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

To do so, he would have had to finish in the top four at the BMW Championship, but a disappointing few days in Illinois left him in joint 58th place and 21 shots off winner Marc Leishman on two under par.

It’s been a season to forget for the 28-year-old, who is yet to register a win or a top-three finish on the PGA Tour, as the silverware drought continues.

Having led from start to finish, Leishman triumphed by five strokes at the third and penultimate FedEx Cup play-off event. The Australian recorded a four-under par 67 to hold off Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

“Really happy,” he said afterwards. “Nice, especially with Rosie making a run at me late there on the back nine to hold him off. Ended up winning by five shots but really a lot closer than that.”

“Going wire-to-wire, first time I’ve done that on a PGA TOUR event. Backing up, that back nine last week at the Dell and, you know, when the pressure got put on and on that back nine by Rosie I reacted with birdies.

(SP)US-LAKE FOREST-GOLF-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP Marc Leishman celebrates. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

“You come to every tournament to try and win it, especially after last week my game was in a good spot and I felt confident with my game,” the 33-year-old continued.

“I had my sights set high for the FedEx Cup and trying to get into the top five and with these sitting here it’s nice to have the trophies there and be in that five. “If I have another good week next week, who knows what might happen.”

Jordan Spieth meanwhile, retained his top spot in the play-offs ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship, in which the 2015 champion will hope to repeat the feat.

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- Additional reporting by OmniSport

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