By Richard O'Reilly
Rory McIlroy has fallen to his lowest world ranking since 2014 after missing the cut at the Dell Technologies Championship last week.
The Hollywood man is now sixth in the world, having been overtaken by Jon Rahm and tournament winner Justin Thomas.
McIlroy hasn't been as low in the rankings since he occupied 8th spot prior to his 2014 Open Championship win.
He is also currently 51st in the tour-ending Fed Ex Championship standings-an event he won last year.
A good performance in the BMW Championships will be needed if he is to break into the top 30 and Qualify for the FedEx cup.
The Northern Irishman missed several tournaments this year through injury, participating in only 17 competitions in 2017.
He is also set to take a three-month break from the sport.
Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spith and Hideki Matsuyama occupy the top three spots.