Tuesday 16 January 2018

McIlroy pulls off stunning comeback in Boston

Rory McIlroy holds the trophy. Pic: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Rory McIlroy holds the trophy. Pic: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy dramatically overturned a six-shot final-round deficit to win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes from Paul Casey.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy maintained momentum after his third-round 66 by shooting a superb six-under-par 65 to finish on 15 under at TPC Boston and overhaul overnight leader Casey in the process.

Casey, who began the day with a three-shot lead on 15 under, had to settle for second after carding a two-over-par 73.

US PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker finished third on 12 under after a second successive 70 while Adam Scott ended with three straight birdies to match McIlroy's 65 and take fourth on 11 under.

Patrick Reed, who tied for fifth with Fabian Gomez, retained the overall lead in the FedExCup standings.

McIlroy was four over after the first three holes of his first round, but his recovery after that poor start was outstanding.

The world number five's bunker play was brilliant yesterday, while his putting, a cause of frustration in the recent past, was solid.

He got into his stride with a birdie at the second and picked up further shots at the fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth to reach the turn in 31.

Another birdie at the 12th gave him the outright lead for the first time and, although he gave a shot back at the 17th, he finished positively with a four at the par-five 18th.

Casey began badly with bogeys at the second and fifth and could not keep pace. He did birdie the seventh, but missed a short par putt at the 11th and dropped another shot at 14.

He had an eagle putt at the last to force a play-off, but ended up parring the hole.

McIlroy, who shot 19 under for his final 69 holes, said: "From three holes in - four over par - there were a lot of things going through my mind, and one of them was not winning this tournament.

"So 69 holes later - I played some great golf and holed some great putts. 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."

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