McIl­roy re­cov­ers from 6 be­hind to win by 2

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

NOR­TON, MASS. — Three holes into the Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship, Rory McIl­roy had to make a 15-foot putt just to es­cape with a triple bo­gey.

He al­ready was 4-over par and had ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve this tour­na­ment was headed for an out­come that was be­com­ing far too fa­mil­iar for a player of his class. But there was one dif­fer­ence.

His head didn’t drop. His shoul­ders didn’t sag.

McIl­roy went from a mis­er­able start to a mem­o­rable fin­ish, clos­ing with a 6-un­der 65 on Mon­day to make up a six-shot deficit and win the Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship for his 20th ca­reer ti­tle around the world.

“It’s just in­cred­i­ble, this game, how quickly things can change,” McIl­roy said af­ter his two-shot vic­tory over Paul Casey. “It’s been a great les­son for me this week not to get down on my­self, to stay pa­tient. Af­ter three holes Fri­day, there was so much go­ing through my head, and none of those things in­volved sit­ting be­side a tro­phy.”

Not just a tro­phy, but a belt, too.

Deutsche Bank gave him the blue belt with a large sil­ver buckle when McIl­roy won four years ago, and be­cause this was the last year it is spon­sor­ing the tour­na­ment, the com­pany wanted him to keep it.

“World heavy­weight ti­tle,” McIl­roy said of the belt.

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