McIlroy holds on to win Deutsche Bank

Rory McIlroy overcame a three-shot deficit across the final five holes to close with a 4-under-par 67 for a one-shot victory over Louis Oosthuizen at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

McIIroy joined Tiger Woods as the only three-time winners on the PGA Tour this year. His victory also gives him a comfortable lead at the top of the world rankings and takes him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIIroy joins Tiger Woods as the only three-time winners on the PGA Tour this year (Credit: Anthony Powter)

McIlroy didn’t make it easy on himself. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland had a three-shot lead with six holes to play, and only a clutch bogey putt on the 17th hole kept him from losing his lead to Oosthuizen to finish at 20-under-par.

“I think the good start set me up for a solid back nine,” said McIIroy.

“There was a couple of shots on the back nine I‑‑ well, I won’t take back now, but if I could have then, I would have.”

“But I still managed to do enough, and as I said, delighted to get this win, delighted to go to No.1 in the FedExCup, it sets me up for a great next couple weeks. So overall just very pleased.”

It was McIlroy’s fifth win on the PGA Tour, third win this year and second in the last three PGA Tour events.

Ever since McIlroy’s win at last year’s US Open championship, his game has gone from strength to strength following his earlier US Masters implosion.

“I’ve learned how to handle winning big events and carrying myself forward,” says McIIroy.

“I’m not dwelling on what’s happened, just moving forward, just trying to win another golf tournament, trying to put myself in position.”

“But I’m very pleased with how I’ve played the last few weeks, very pleased at how hard I worked on my game leading up to these few weeks because I felt like it was nearly there, and it just needed to stay patient.”

“I felt like I turned a corner at Akron and then it really clicked at Kiawah, and I’ve just kept it going from there.”

Tiger Woods made an early charge to get back into the tournament, though he never got closer than within three shots until a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th gave him a 66.

Woods finished in third place at 18-under-par, two shots behind McIlroy and in the process earned enough money to become the first player to surpass $100 million in PGA Tour earnings.

Phil Mickelson also had a final round 66 and tied for fourth at 14-under-par, along with Dustin Johnson, who had a 70 and likely played his way into the Ryder Cup team. Brandt Snedeker finished in sixth position.

Adam Scott was the best of the Australians at 12-under-par to close in a tie for seventh, eight strokes behind McIIroy.

John Senden finished 12th at 9-under-par, with Greg Chalmers the next best Aussie at 3-under-par and in a tie for 39th.