FedEx Cup Standings 2012: Why Rory McIlroy Will Win PGA Player of the Year

Matt WestCorrespondent IISeptember 10, 2012

CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with his trophies after he wining the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy's pursuit of the FedEx cup these past few weeks has been a marvel, and he will continue this amazing play en route to his first-ever PGA Player of the Year award.

Tiger Woods has dominated this particular award, having won six of the last 10 years. Overall, Tiger has won the award an amazing 10 times.

McIlroy's 2012 started off rather innocuously as he won his first tournament of the year at the Honda Classic in March. His next victory, however, occurred at the PGA Championship, where he completely blew away the field, winning by a record eight strokes.

The 23-year-old North Ireland native finished the regular season third in the FedEx Cup standings, and began the playoffs tied for 24th at The Barclays. Since, he has won the last two tournaments (The Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship) in impressive fashion.

McIlroy has shown this year that his U.S. Open title in 2011 was not a fluke. He won his first major championship by eight shots, and at that point many were anointing him the best golfer in the world.

While he didn't go on a tear following that victory like many expected, he still played solid golf heading into the this season. His putting recently has been tremendous, and when he exemplary on the greens during an important run, there aren't many that can keep up with the young star.

Right now McIlroy has 4,799 points in the standings, which is leagues ahead of Nick Watney, who is sitting in second place with 3,468 points.

The 30-man field for the Tour Championship, which begins Sept. 20, is taking shape and there are plenty of moving parts. Woods is currently in third, and Phil Mickelson moved up to number four after his impressive showing at the BMW Championship.

These are seasoned, veteran players who know how to win the biggest tournaments. McIlroy, however, is playing too well right now for any of the top contenders to take him down. He now has two majors under his belt, and is playing with an unmatched confidence.

He has shown he can sustain success at pivotal moments, and he will close out his outstanding 2012 campaign as the PGA Player of the Year.