Rory McIlroy won his third PGA TOUR event of the year, claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Rory McIlroy won his third tournament of the year and moved to the top of the FedExCup points standings, shooting a 4-under 67 on Monday to claim the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McIlroy rallied on the final day to beat Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke. Oosthuizen entered Monday's round with a three-stroke advantage over McIlroy.
Oosthuizen had a chance to force a playoff on the par-5 18th but could not make his birdie putt from 12 feet, 8 inches. McIlroy, meanwhile, could only par the hole after making birdie or eagle at the 18th in the first three rounds.
McIlroy finished at 20 under, with Oosthuizen at 19 under. Tiger Woods finished solo third at 17 under after shooting a final-round 66. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson tied for fourth at 14 under.
“I didn’t finish it off the way I would’ve liked,” said McIlroy, the world No. 1 who last month won the PGA Championship, “but I’m happy to get my third victory of the year.
“It’s good to get a victory in these Playoffs. It sets me up in a good position for the next two weeks.”
McIlroy is now No. 1 heading into the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday at Crooked Stick. He’s guaranteed to have one of the top five spots going into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and will control his own destiny at East Lake. Any player in the top five in points at the TOUR Championship can win the FedExCup by winning the tournament.
Nick Watney, the winner of The Barclays last week, is No. 2 in the standings. Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Oosthuizen round out the top five.
Oosthuizen said a pectoral muscle affected him on several drives midway in his round, including at the par-4 fifth when he got into trouble off the tee and made double bogey.
But he said it was his failure to par the par-4 17th after finding the middle of the fairway that proved to be costly. Had Oothuizen made par on the hole, he would’ve gone into the 18th tied with McIlroy, who bogeyed the 17th.
“The 17th hole cost me,” Oosthuizen said, adding later that both he and his caddie “got the wind completely wrong” on his approach shot.