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Rory McIlroy back-to-back wins leave him brimming with confidence

Rory McIlroy won Sunday for the second time in seven days. Rory McIlroy is the first golfer to do that since ... Tiger Woods in 2009. Is the mop-haired Northern Irishman the next Tiger Woods?

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2012 BMW Championship winner and "The Ultimate Driving Machine" Rory Mcllroy with the winner's trophies, at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday Sept. 9, 2012.

(Charles Cherney/WGA)

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Like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and other golfing greats before him, Rory McIlroy has raised his game to a level where he fully expects to be lifting a trophy at the end of the week.

For the second time in seven days, and third in four starts, the mop-haired Northern Irishman stole the show, his victory on Sunday at the BMW Championship coming on the heels of his Deutsche Bank Championship triumph last Monday.

McIlroy has produced a dominating stretch of golf not seen on the PGA Tour since 2009, when Woods was the last to claim back-to-back titles winning at the Buick Open and WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

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"I've always had an appreciation for what Tiger did over the years -- winning seven, eight, nine times in a season for I don't know how long, 10 years," McIlroy told reporters following his two shot victory over Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson.

"It's the more you put yourself in this position and the more you win and the more you pick up trophies, it becomes normal and it feels like this is what you're supposed to do.

"I'm sure that's how he felt when he was on that run and how he still feels. He still won three times this year.
"I don't think I'm quite there yet but I'm getting to that stage where I'm thinking, 'this is what I should be doing. I should be lifting a trophy at the end of the week.'"

It would not be going out on a limb to predict there will be many more titles in the 23-year-old's future. In fact, there could be more silverware coming his way before the end of the month.

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