Sep 5th, 2016
McIlroy supreme as he takes Deutsche Bank
As Casey labors on Labor Day....
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy bagged his first PGA Tour win since May 2015 after overhauling a six shot deficit on the final day. Seven birdies in a round of 65 saw Rory home for a two shot win over a lackluster Paul Casey who had entered the fourth round with a three shot lead over the field. Casey missed an eagle putt on the final hole at TPC Boston that would have forced a play-off.
Rory's win comes just one week after he hired Phil Kenyon to be his new putting coach. Kenyon's CV includes Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and previously Martin Kaymer,
"I played some great golf and holed some great putts," said Rory. "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."
The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second of the four that make up the season-ending FedEx Cup and this win sees Rory jump a massive 34 places to 4th in the FedEx Cup standings.
The FedEx pool is now cut to 70 players for the Barclays next week and then the top 30 for the TOUR Championship the week after. Some consolation for Casey is that he has gone from 59th to 10th in the FedEx Cup standings with his second place and is nailed on to contest both remaining tournaments.
You have to feel for Ricky Barnes who ended up with the voodoo 71st spot having been 68th last week. Oh well, at least it gives us an excuse to use this ace pic of him again.