McIlroy claims Deutsche Bank trophy
By Doug Ferguson ,AP
September 5, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
NORTON, Massachusetts -- In a Labor Day finish filled with some of golf's biggest names, Rory McIlroy sent his stock soaring in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McIlroy overcame a three-shot deficit Monday in five holes, and then overcame a few mistakes on the final two holes to close with a 4-under 67 and escape with a one-shot victory over Louis Oosthuizen.
McIlroy joined Tiger Woods as the only three-time winners on the PGA Tour this year, and with one of his wins being the PGA Championship, that might be enough for his peers to vote him player of the year. He also finally built a comfortable gap at No. 1 in the world.
Oosthuizen had a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff, only it slid by on the right side for a 71.
Woods made an early charge to get back in the hunt, though he never got closer than three shots until a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th gave him a 66. He finished in third place, two shots behind, and earned enough money to become the first player to surpass US$100 million in PGA Tour earnings.
Phil Mickelson also had a 66 and tied for fourth, along with Dustin Johnson, who had a 70 and likely played his way onto the Ryder Cup team. Brandt Snedeker made a strong case for a captain's pick with a 65-67 weekend to finish sixth.
Davis Love III will announce his four picks Tuesday morning in New York.
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 all of his lead.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the second hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts on Monday, Sept. 3. (AFP)