McIlroy McDom­i­nates at Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RORY McIlroy shot a su­perb six-un­der-par 65 to end his 16-month PGA Tour ti­tle drought with vic­tory in the Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship on Septem­ber 5. The North­ern Ire­land star laid the foun­da­tions for a two-stroke vic­tory over Eng­land’s Paul Casey with a be­witch­ing front-nine per­for­mance, sink­ing five birdies to be five un­der at the turn.

Two more birdies and a bo­gey on the back nine at TPC Bos­ton sealed a de­served win for the 27-year-old, whose last win on the PGA Tour came at the Wells Fargo Cham­pi­onship in May 2015.

The win earned McIlroy an­other US$1.53 mil­lion and will see him move up to third in the next set of world rank­ings.

It also cat­a­pulted him from 38th to fourth place in the stand­ings for the lu­cra­tive FedExCup post-sea­son se­ries.

The win com­pleted a re­mark­able turn­around for McIlroy, who had got off to a dis­as­trous start in his open­ing round on Septem­ber 9 to be four over par af­ter his first three holes.

“It’s amaz­ing in this game how things can change so quickly,” McIlroy said.

“From three holes in – four over par – there were a lot of things go­ing through my mind, and one of them was not win­ning this tour­na­ment,” he added.

“So 69 holes later – I played some great golf and holed some great putts. I’m just re­ally proud of my­self, how I hung in there on the first day and then got some mo­men­tum on Satur­day. Then I just went with it.

“It’s nice to get that first win in the States this year and hope­fully I can take this mo­men­tum into the next cou­ple of weeks and ul­ti­mately the Ry­der Cup.”

Third-round leader Casey had be­gun the day three shots clear, but saw his chal­lenge un­ravel af­ter post­ing four bo­geys in a two-over-par 73 to fin­ish sec­ond.

PGA cham­pion Jimmy Walker fin­ished three adrift of McIlroy af­ter shooting a 70.

Aus­tralia’s world num­ber six Adam Scott was alone in fourth place af­ter a six-un­der-par 65, but had left him­self too much work to do to chal­lenge for the lead.

Pa­trick Reed, James Hahn and Ar­gentina’s Fabian Gomez all tied for fifth place, 10 un­der for the tour­na­ment, five be­hind McIlroy.

US Open cham­pion and world num­ber two Dustin John­son re­cov­ered from his dis­as­trous third-round 75 with a 66 to claim a share of eighth place with six other play­ers at nine un­der.

World num­ber one Ja­son Day fin­ished with a clos­ing 67 in a six-way tie for 15th at eight un­der.

Mean­while Olympic cham­pion Justin Rose – who had started the day level with McIlroy on nine un­der – en­dured a mis­er­able day at the of­fice, plum­met­ing down the leader­board af­ter an eight-over-par 79.

Rose’s round col­lapsed on the back nine, when two triple bo­geys left him in a tie for 57th place.

McIlroy mean­while was left hop­ing this week’s win was an omen. His last vic­tory at the Deutsche Bank in 2012 was fol­lowed by an­other win at the BMW Cham­pi­onship at Crooked Stick, In­di­ana – the same venue for this year’s tour­na­ment.

“It’s funny, four years on, and I win here, and go­ing back to Indy where I have great mem­o­ries from four years ago,” McIlroy said.

“I just had pos­i­tive vibes go­ing in there.” –

Photo: AFP

Rory McIlroy had gone 16 months without a win be­fore the Septem­ber 5 vic­tory in Bos­ton, US.

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