Rory McIlroy made a late bogey on No. 17, missing a 5-footer for par, along with a 15-footer for birdie on No. 18, to join a three-way playoff with Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points (who he was paired with — it was a pretty thrilling duel watching the two on the back nine trade shots). Fowler hit an impressive approach shot on the first playoff hole, No. 18, to win with a birdie, leaving McIlroy with another top-three finish.
If it’s any consolation, Rory, who needed to finish seventh or better to dethrone Luke Donald, is back atop the world rankings. Donald placed third at last week’s Zurich Classic to topple Rory. It’s been a game of musical chairs for those two, who seem to switch places between No. 1 and No. 2 every week or two. (continue reading…)