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FedExCup profile: No. 1, Rory McIlroy

Jonathan Wall
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We're running down the players with a chance at the FedExCup, and here we are: the fabled top five. These guys control their destiny; if they win the Tour Championship, they win the FedExCup, no matter what anybody else does. We finish with the one guy who controls his own destiny at East Lake.

Every player in the field at East Lake needs a little bit of luck to win the Tour Championship -- except one guy. That'd be Rory McIlroy, who comes into the final event of the FedExCup off back-to-back wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship.

If not for the dreaded reset following the BMW, McIlroy would have a nearly insurmountable lead this week. Instead, he's only 250 points ahead of Tiger Woods, making him a marked man capable of losing the title, and the $10 million, if he falters at East Lake.

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But honestly, does anyone see McIlroy making a mistake? He's been nearly unstoppable since the eight-shot win at the PGA Championship and rolls into Atlanta with more momentum than any player in the field.

Momentum can obviously come and go, but unlike earlier in year when McIlroy crashed and burned at the Masters and then went through the worst stretch of his career, missing three straight cuts at one point, he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. With a week to recharge and the Ryder Cup on the horizon, he should be ready and raring to go.

That's good news for McIlroy and his chances this week at the Tour Championship. For the rest of the field? They better hope all that time spent doing late-night talk shows and playing basketball with the Knicks added a layer of rust to his swing. Because if McIlroy shows up with even half the game he had at the Deutsche and BMW, it'll likely be game over for everyone else.
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