Rory McIlroy Takes The Deutsche Bank Championship
Norton, Mass – Rory McIlroy came into Labor Day six shots behind 54 hole leader Paul Casey at TPC Boston on a wind-blown Monday finish. Casey who hadn’t won since 2009 started the final round leading by three. Tee times were moved up 4 hours due to Tropical Storm Warnings (from recently downgraded Hurricane Hermine).
While Casey stumbled out of the gate with bogeys on holes 2 and 5, McIlroy raced out to a front nine 31 with birdies on holes 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 to reach 14 under par and make the turn knotted with Casey atop the leaderboard. Casey could only manage two birdies all day (on the 7th & 13th holes) for a two over par 73 – clearly not enough to break his 7-year winless drought against the games’ most dynamic ball striker, especially on a weekend when the Ulsterman was in prime form. Rory finished at -15, winning by two over Casey.
For McIlroy, he started out the championship 4 over par on his first three holes of the tournament, then went 19 under par on his final 69 holes. 66-65 on the weekend came at the perfect time (with the FedEx Cup playoffs, Ryder Cup and the Race to Dubai all coming up). Quite simply, it’s a win that turns his year around.
The victory moves McIlroy into the coveted top 5 (currently fourth) in the FedEx Cup standings. “Six shots behind the lead, I didn’t know what I had to do today,” McIlroy said. “I just knew that I had to go out and play a good round and hopefully that was going to be enough.”
Jimmy Walker finished third at -12 (shot a final round 70 and is projected to be 9th in the FedEx Cup standings. Adam Scott shot a final round 65 to finish fourth at -11 (and hold down the fifth spot in the FedEx race).