How it happened: McIlroy wins, Tiger shoots 68

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

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CARMEL, Ind. -- Tiger Woods had another solid final round - a 4-under 68 - on Sunday at the BMW Championship, but he didn't have enough to catch the wunderkind Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy won his second consecutive PGA Tour tournament - and third in his last four - to capture the title at Crooked Stick, finishing at 20 under, two clear of Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood.

McIlroy will top the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake in two weeks, with Woods coming in at No. 2, Nick Watney at No. 3, Mickelson at No. 4 and Brandt Snedeker at No. 5. All three can win the FedEx Cup title with a win in Atlanta.

Woods finished T-4 with Robert Garrigus at 17 under, while Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott posted 16 under.

Woods failed to birdie any of the par-5s on Sunday - he was 9 under on them the first three rounds - but did make a back-nine run to vault up the leaderboard.

See how it all unfolded on Sunday at Crooked Stick:

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Update #1: 5:50 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finishes with a bogey - his first in 27 holes - but gets into the clubhouse at 20 under for a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. Tiger Woods and Robert Garrigus finished T-4 at 17 under.

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No. 18, par 4, 457 yards

Leaderboard update: Rory McIlroy is pulling away after a birdie at No. 16 to get to 21 under, two ahead of Phil Mickelson, three ahead of Lee Westwood and Tiger is four back.

Off the tee: Tiger bombs his tee ball up the left side of the fairway. Should be able to attack the back-right pin from here. Dustin Johnson goes into the water.

Rest of the hole: Tiger plays a great shot to about 12 feet under the hole, fighting for second place at this point. He misses the birdie attempt and taps in for a par to card a 4-under 68.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (17 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson is really the only guy that can catch McIlroy at this point, and birdies No. 16 to get to 19 under.

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No. 17, par 3, 212 yards

Leaderboard update: Rory McIlroy has moved to 20 under with a birdie at No. 15, while Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson and Robert Garrigus are two back, and Tiger is three back.

Off the tee: With the wind into his face, Tiger takes 4-iron and hits the green, but will have about 25 feet for birdie.

Rest of the hole: Tiger puts great pace on the ball, but two-putts for a par. Probably the end of his run.

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No. 16, par 4, 470 yards

Another leaderboard update: Rory McIlroy saves par from some greenside rough at No. 14 to stay at 19 under, now one ahead of Lee Westwood, who can't replicate McIlroy's up-and-down and falls back to 18 under. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Vijay Singh are at 17 under, while Tiger is at 16 under with Robert Garrigus.

Off the tee: With these difficult finishing holes, staying in the fairway is critical and Tiger does so with the first one, powering it up the left side with a 315-yard bomb.

Rest of the hole: Tiger hits a fantastic second shot, leaving himself about 3 feet for birdie. Kicks that in to get within three shots of McIlroy.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (17 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy taps in for a birdie to get to 20 under, two shots clear of Lee Westwood.

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No. 15, par 5, 523 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 15: Straight into the prevailing wind, this nominally short par 5 plays longer than it first looks. A massive, claw-like bunker runs the length of the left side of the landing area and cannot be outgunned, so drives have to steer clear because landing in it means a second shot blasted out wide right and short of the green.

Off the tee: Tiger is feeling it now, hitting a monster drive down the fairway, but it runs into the rough on the left. Still should be able to attack with his second.

Rest of the hole: Tiger lays up with his second shot because of a horrible lie and then hits his third to about 6 feet above the hole. Great look at birdie. But he misses it, with the ball lipping out on the left. Four par-5s, four pars. Not good. Johnson two-putts for birdie to get to 17 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (16 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Robert Garrigus birdies No. 14 to get to 16 under, tied with Tiger and Dustin Johnson.

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No. 14, par 4, 497 yards

A leaderboard update: Rory McIlroy is clinging to a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood, while Vijay Singh and Dustin Johnson are still two back at 17 under. Tiger is four back.

Off the tee: The toughest hole on the course, and Tiger splits the fairway and still has 215 yards left into the green. A monster dogleg-left hole.

Rest of the hole: Tiger hits a magnificent second shot to pin-high and about 12 feet to the right. Great shot there. He gets this one and that is a rare birdie at the par 4. Fabulous birdie for Woods. Johnson bogeys No. 14 to fall back to 16 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (16 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood birdies No. 13 to get tie Rory McIlroy for the lead at 19 under. Phil Mickelson drops back to 17 under with a bogey at No. 12.

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No. 13, par 3, 182 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 13: Only Dye would have the “chutzpah” (that’s a technical design term) to create a dogleg par 3, this one requiring a shot around a looming oak tree on the left. The tough part here is that this fall-away green sits near a creek that will gobble up approach shots hit short or a touch to the right.

Off the tee: Much better swing from Tiger here, getting it pin-high and about 15 feet to the left of the hole. Good birdie look again.

Rest of the hole: Tiger plays some break when the birdie putt really had no break in it and settles for a two-putt par. Can't really afford pars at this point.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (15 under for tournament)

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No. 12, par 4, 424 yards

Another leaderboard update: Rory McIlroy has moved into the solo lead at 19 under, with Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson both a shot back. Dustin Johnson and Vijay Singh are two back, Adam Scott is four back and a group of five players - including Tiger - are five back.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a low stinger here and finds the fairway. It's all he needed at this short par 4. He'll likely need to average a birdie coming in to make a run at McIlroy. Nothing in his performance on the greens today tells us that he has that in him on this Sunday.

Rest of the hole: Tiger Woods plays his best iron of the day here, leaving himself about 8 feet for birdie. He gets it and moves to 15 under, four shots back of McIlroy.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (15 under for tournament)

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No. 11, par 5, 595 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 11: The drive (to another one of those recently narrowed fairways) has to avoid a long, nasty collection of bathtub bunkers and potholes 250-350 yards off the on the left.

Off the tee: Woods moves the back-nine's first par 5 four strokes back of McIlroy and Westwood, who both just birdied No. 9. For the second consecutive hole, Tiger goes left off the tee and finds the rough. Not likely able to reach in two unless he is willing to take a big chance.

Rest of the hole: Really no chance to get after it in two from more than 300 yards, Tiger just lays it up down the fairway. He plays a nice shot into the back of the green with his third, setting up 15 feet for birdie. Tiger burns the edge and settles for another par on a par 5. He has three pars on the par-5s today, he was 9 under on the long holes coming into the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: McIlroy makes a beautiful birdie at No. 10 to get to 19 under, one ahead of Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. Mickelson recovers from a wayward second shot for an up-and-down birdie to get back to 18 under. Vijay Singh plays a beautiful flop from behind the green and gets it close enough for a tap-in birdie at No. 9 to get to 17 under. Adam Scott has four birdies and three bogeys over his first nine holes to get to 15 under.

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No. 10, par 4, 397 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 10: The back nine, on the south side of the property, kicks off with a modest-length hole where hitting the fairway is crucial thanks to water right and long pits of sand down both sides of the landing area. No drivers needed here.

Off the tee: That was a disappointing par at No. 9, very sloppy from the middle of the fairway. But he responds with a big tee ball down the left side here, finding the rough, but in a good spot from about 75 yards. Going to have to go super low on the final nine holes to make some noise.

Rest of the hole: Tiger gets his second shot to about 20 feet behind the hole in the intermediate cut of rough, and two-putts to stay at 14 under. Johnson misses a 6-footer for birdie and settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: McIlroy birdies No. 9 to move to 18 under, and Westwood does the same as they move into a share of the lead, one ahead of Mickelson and Johnson.

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No. 9, par 5, 530 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 9: There’s a huge bunker on the inside left of this dogleg that now requires a 305-yard carry to the sweet spot in the fairway. From there, the shot into the green of 200-plus yards has to thread a chute of trees and hold one of the smaller putting surfaces on the course.

Off the tee: Hitting the fairway here is crucial and Tiger hammers it into the middle, leaving himself just over 215 yards into the green. An eagle here would be huge, almost necessary.

Rest of the hole: Tiger's second shot leaks out to the right and into a greenside bunker. From a bad lie, he chunks it out to about 15 feet and two-putts for a par. Bad par there. Dustin Johnson chips in for eagle to move into a tie for the lead at 17 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson drops a shot at the 7th hole to fall into a four-way tie for the lead, with Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Johnson.

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No. 8, par 4, 456 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: Here, it’s a right-to-left tee shot to a green with a bunker on the right and the surface tipped down to the water on the left. It actually sets up best for a perfectly controlled high fade – another example of how Crooked Stick demands you play both ways.

Off the tee: Another fairway hit for Tiger here, sending it up the right side and should have a nice angle into the green. He has turned it on around the turn the past two days, and he'll need to do something special now that he is five back of Mickelson.

Rest of the hole: Tiger plays a nice second shot into the green and buries a 10-footer for birdie to get back into red figures for the day. Dustin Johnson also birdies to get to 15 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh birdies No. 5 to get to 17 under (he started with four consecutive pars), while Mickelson also birdies to get to 18 under. McIlroy and Westwood both settle for two-putt pars from short distance at the par-3 6th hole, with McIlroy staying at 17 under and Westwood at 16 under. Ryan Moore eagles No. 9 to get to 15 under. He is 4 under on his day.

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No. 7, par 4, 454 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 7: Here’s the lull before the storm. Pretty straightforward, a left-to-right drive past an inconsequential fairway bunker on the right followed by a right-to-left middle iron to a fall-away green.

Off the tee: Tiger is a bit frustrated after that three-putt, and pummels a drive here, just finding the left intermediate cut of rough. Still a nice poke here.

Rest of the hole: Tiger doesn't take advantage of his good drive, sending his approach just off the back of the green. Tiger chips his third about 3 feet past and settles for a par. Pars aren't going to do it today, he needs to get it going and hope for some help.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy has joined Phil Mickelson in the lead at 17 under with a birdie at No. 5, while Lee Westwood also birdies No. 5 to get to 16 under.

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No. 6, par 3, 201 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 6: This hole is a paradigm of Midwest Americana, what with a farm pond lapping the right side of the green and a wooden, red-painted, covered bridge presiding over the back of the hole. There’s a cross ridge in the green that segments the front downslope from the back half of the green – where the slope feeds the ball right.

Off the tee: Tiger plays a nice one here, just getting it onto the green with the front pin location, leaving himself about 12 feet for birdie. Needs this one.

Rest of the hole: Johnson gives Tiger a read on this one, but Woods can't take advantage and sends it 4 feet past. Just powered it through the late break. And he misses the comebacker for a bogey. Bad three-putt there and only the second one of the week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson is on fire today, going 8 under thru 15 holes to get to 13 under.

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No. 5, par 5, 612 yards

An early leaderboard update: Phil Mickelson gets to 17 under with a chip-in for birdie at No. 2. Mickelson has hit two horrible tee shots, but managed to recover to start 1 under. McIlroy, Singh and Robert Garrigus are one back at 16 under, Lee Westwood is two back at 15 under, while Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Chris Kirk and Dustin Johnson are three back at 14 under.

Off the tee: Tiger slams his club into the ground after this tee ball, sending it right and finding the long rough. No way he can go for it in two. He was definitely late on that swing.

Rest of the hole: Tiger simply lays up after his wayward tee ball, putting it in the middle of the fairway. He hits a nice third shot under the hole, but misses a 12-footer for birdie and taps in for par. Johnson also pars after a poor third shot that was short of the green.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott gets back that early bogey with a birdie at No. 4 to move back to 14 under, while Robert Garrigus taps in for his birdie there to get to 16 under. McIlroy remains at 16 under with a par at No. 4. Mickelson remains at 17 under with par at No. 3, with Singh also carding par and stays at 16 under.

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No. 4, par 4, 483 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 4: The fairway landing area is at its narrowest at 300 yards, so keeping the drive in play and out of a handful of bunkers is crucial. On this long hole, it’s a fade drive and a draw approach to a green where it’s very easy to hang the ball out to the right and end up with a delicate up-and-over greenside recovery.

Off the tee: Tiger goes left again here, but finds the fairway. Definitely still coming through a bit too much on his swing off the tee, but manages here. Johnson goes well left and into the gallery.

Rest of the hole: From more than 170 yards, Tiger pushes his approach nearly 60 feet right of the hole. He two-putts from there for another par. Solid effort on the green. Johnson finds all kind of trouble off the tee, sends his second well right of the green, pitches onto the green and two-putts for bogey. Back to 14 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: McIlroy birdies No. 2 to get to 16 under, tied with Singh and Mickelson atop the leaderboard. Singh and Mickelson both par No. 1. Westwood had birdied No. 2 to get into the lead, but bogeys No. 3 to fall back to 15 under. Robert Garrigus birdies No. 3 to get to 15 under.

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No. 3, par 3, 195 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein: It’s accessible to a right-to-left shot, but anything running a tad long will quickly find sand, so distance control is crucial. Dye is convinced that PGA Tour players rarely miss on distance short or long; they just miss right or left, which is why so many of the greens here are narrow at the waist.

Off the tee: With 6-iron in hand, Tiger simply muscles this ball into the green. Only one-third of the field has hit the third green in regulation, so being 30 feet to the right of the cup is fine. Johnson also hits the green and is inside Tiger.

Rest of the hole: Tiger gives his birdie attempt a good run, but settles for a two-putt par. Johnson also pars after missing his shorter birdie putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: McIlroy and Westwood both two-putt No. 1 for par, each settling inches from the hole on their birdie attempts. They stay at 15 under, tied with Dustin Johnson in a three-way tie for third.

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No. 2, par 4, 442 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 2: After a light fade on the first hole you need to hit a long, powerful right-to-left tee shot, though even the longest hitters can’t carry the massive MacKenzie-like bunker that runs along the left side of the fairway to a distance of 335 yards off the tee.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver for the first time and his case of the "lefts" appears, overcooking this one to just above a fairway bunker, setting up an awkward stance. For the first eight holes on Saturday, Tiger yanked four tee balls to the left, including some limping and grimacing due to left knee pain.

Rest of the hole: Tiger plays a fantastic second shot from that awkward lie and makes a 15-footer for birdie to get within two shots of the lead. Dustin Johnson two-putts for par to stay at 15 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Chris Kirk is 2 under thru 4 holes to get to 13 under, three off the lead. Bubba Watson is 7 under thru 13 holes to get to 12 under overall. Adam Scott opens with a bogey at No. 1 to fall back to 13 under,

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No. 1, par 4, 358 yards

No surprise here: Tiger has a red shirt, black slacks and a black hat on as he gets his round under way, trying to chase down the leaders for the second consecutive week. He made a run last week, but had only two players to jump. Today he has seven. From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 1: This one, somewhat over-treed down the right side and around the putting surface, calls for a layup to a narrow fairway and a short-iron to a very well protected green that’s segmented into two distinct pods on a right-to-left angle.

Off the tee: Tiger looks very focused, barely even acknowledging the crowd after his introduction, but blasts a 3-wood up the right side and is in the fairway, about 5 yards in front of Dustin Johnson, who used iron.

Rest of the hole: Tiger takes wedge from the fairway and leaves it about 35 feet under the hole, not what he was looking for to start. He two-putts for a par. Dustin Johnson chips in from the rough for an early birdie to get within a shot of the lead at 15 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt moves to 13 under quickly, nailing an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 1 to get within three shots of the lead. Graeme McDowell drops a shot at No. 1 to fall back to 11 under. He is fighting for his FedEx Cup life, so he'll need to recover quickly.

• • •

Turn back the clock: Tiger, Singh, Lefty big factors at BMW

Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods have combined to make $233,915,594 in their career. All three will look to add $1.4 million on Sunday at the BMW. Story.

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BMW Championship: Fourth-round pairings and tee times

Check out the tee times and pairings for the final round at the BMW Championship on Sunday at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. Tee times.

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Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 71, three back of Mickelson, Singh

Tiger Woods "saves" a 1-under 71 after a round that featured five birdies and four bogeys, but will be in the thick of things on Sunday at the BMW Championship. See how it happened.

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SECOND-ROUND COVERAGE

Tiger Tracker: Woods, McIlroy tied at 12 under at Crooked Stick

The encore was just as impressive on Friday, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy getting into the clubhouse at 12 under, one shot behind Vijay Singh. See how it happened.

• • •

Notes: Small changes make big difference for Moore in playoffs

A combination of small changes have made a big difference for Ryan Moore in the FedEx playoffs. Notebook.

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Rude: Vijay Singh will look to overcome weekend woes

Vijay Singh has been here before in 2012, leading or playing well after 36 holes. And then the weekend hits, and he disappears. He hopes to reverse that trend at Crooked Stick. Story.

• • •

FIRST-ROUND COVERAGE

McIlroy fires 64 to share lead, Woods one back at BMW

This star pairing lived up to its billing again, with Tiger Woods firing a 7-under 65 and Rory McIlroy grabbing a share of the lead with an 8-under 64. See how it all unfolded.

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Notes: Schwartzel fights through rib injury, shoots 69 at BMW

Charl Schwartzel fought through a rib injury to shoot 3-under 69 during the first round of the BMW Championship. Notebook.

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Rude: Soggy conditions allow for mass assault on Crooked Stick

Crooked Stick experienced a mass assault Thursday as players took advantage of the soggy conditions, says Jeff Rude. Story.

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FedEx Cup: 2nd-round tee times at BMW Championship

Here are the second-round tee times and pairings for the BMW Championship. Tee times.

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PRE-TOURNAMENT COVERAGE

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Tiger Woods a favorite at BMW Championship

With only 70 players remaining, the big names will by vying for the BMW Championship this week at Crooked Stick. At least one of our panelists believes Tiger Woods will take home his fourth title of 2012. Predictions.

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Finding 'the zone': It's a place McIlroy, Woods frequent

Byron Nelson called it a trance. The contemporary usage is zone. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods seem to find it frequently. Story.

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Notebook: Louis Oosthuizen quietly having standout season

Notebook: Louis Oosthuizen, fresh off a second runner-up finish this season, has shot par or better in 21 of his last 24 rounds. Story.

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FedEx Cup: 1st-round tee times at BMW Championship

Here are the first-round tee times and pairings for the BMW Championship. Tee times.

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