BMW Championship

Round-up: Lawrie lasting; Rory lurking; Dawson wins Euro; Power down

European Tour — Peter Lawrie goes into the 72° OPEN D'ITALIA presented by DAMIANI, with a great chance to win back his tour card.

Round-up: Lawrie lasting; Rory lurking; Dawson wins Euro; Power down

Up and down McIlroy laments short game shortcomings

Rory McIlroy on the third tee during Monday’s rainy Final Round of The Deutsche Bank Championship at The TPC of Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. (photo: kenneth e.dennis / kendennisphoto.com)Rory McIlroy’s hopes of extending his PGA Tour season into next week’s Tour Championship depend on him finishing in the top seven in the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs in Chicago this week.

Sunday shootout for Irish trio

Graeme McDowell holes a putt in the BMW CHampionship on Saturday. He needs to keep doing that on Sunday to qualify for the Tour ChampionshipJoint leader Phil Mickelson put it best - “I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s shootout.  It should be fun.”

Harrington on the prowl at Crooked Stick

Padraig Harrington acknowledges the crowd after his closing eagle.Vijay Singh has Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy breathing down his neck but Padraig Harrington has even more pressing problems despite shooting a seven under par 65 in the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick.

Harrington just another high Roller in Indiana

Like Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington is trying to put it all together again. Padraig Harrington is well used to getting five-star treatment at every event he plays but even the three-time major winner was impressed to find an extra special courtesy car waiting for him in Carmel in Indiana on Monday evening.

McDowell begins mental battle for Ryder Cup

Graeme McDowell holes that crucial Ryder Cup birdie putt at Celtic Manor’s 16th. Hunter Mahan folded when he fluffed a chip on the next. Picture ©Getty ImagesGraeme McDowell has fired the first shot in the psychological battle for the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy gets a grip on his putting

Rory McIlroy’s new putting grip. Credit: www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy has done more than change his putting routine since he started seeing short game expert Dave Stockton - he’s also got a new grip.

The 22-year old Ulsterman has putted with a distinctive grip since his amateur days with the middle, ring and little fingers of the right hand wrapped around the left and facing the target.

"I won't get away with what I got away with today" - Harrington

Padraig Harrington shrugged off his pre-event neck problems and a wobbly back nine to keep his FedExCup hot streak going in the BMW Championship at Cog Hill.

Struggling to hit fairways on his back nine, his short game came to the rescue as he kept a bogey off his card and then birdied the last to post a three under par 68 that left him just two strokes behind leaders Rory Sabbatini and Steve Marino in share of fifth place with the likes of Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy.

Harrington says "Show me the money"

It’s been a while since he was No 1 on the course but Padraig Harrington is miles ahead of the rest when it comes to performing in the press tent.

Something of a stand up these days, the Dubliner has the Americans eating out of his hand. It’s no surprise really after another phenomenal performance in the media centre on the eve of the BWM Championship at Cog Hill in Chicago.

Denied for the fourth week in a row in Boston (the last time he had four successive top-10s was his rookie season of 1996) he’s so close to winning again that his accountant’s nose can almost smell the $10m FedExCup cash.