Rory McIlroy wins BMW Championship

September 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy solidified his standing as the world's number one golfer with a win at the 2012 BMW Championship this past weekend. He shot 8-under par to open the tournament on Monday before closing with a score of 67 in the final round to claim the title.

The victory is McIlroy's third in his past four tournaments and makes him only the fourth player to win consecutive legs of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedExCup.

"Just playing with a lot of confidence right now," McIlroy told The New York Times. "I’m confident in my ability and confident with the shots that I’m hitting and confident on the greens. It’s a nice run to be on, and I want to try to keep it going for as long as possible."

BMW's involvement in the PGA goes far beyond providing a tune up for the players' cars. The company acts as a sponsor for several other golf tournaments around the world, and instead of giving away slick rides for wins or a hole-in-one, BMW rewards four-year college scholarships. The automaker has helped to raise more than $11 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation since it began sponsoring this golf event in 2007. 

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