Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Rory McIlroy Continues His Great Season with Deutsche Bank Championship Victory

By Darren

Rory McIlroy showed why he is the number one ranked golfer in the world on Monday as he finished off the second round of the PGA Playoffs with a victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston.  McIlroy began the day in second, three shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen who sat -19 after three rounds.  But the 23 year old McIlroy was on a mission, he rattled off four birdies in the first six holes and erased the deficit and finished the front four under with a 32.   He would need just an even par back nine in order to finish with a 67 on the day and twenty strokes under par for the tournament to capture victory.  McIlroy used his flat stick to near perfection averaging just a little over one and a half putts per hole throughout the tournament, which ranked him first overall.  But he played his brand of golf, stayed calm and inside himself and was able to do just enough to get the victory.  Louie Oosthuizen had a chance at birdie at the 18th however his putt wasn’t able to find the cup and he couldn’t capitalize and force a playoff, thus giving McIlroy the victory. 

In a weekend that saw the best golfers in the world take center stage the big names did not disappoint.  Tiger Woods finished third, just two strokes back of McIlroy and Phil Mickleson finished tied for fourth with Dustin Johnson, with Brandt Snedeker just a stroke behind them.  Tiger Woods finished only two strokes back but at no time was an considered an immediate threat as he never came within less than three strokes until he sank his birdie putt on 18 to finish 18 under par.  The victory gave McIlroy the overall lead in the FedEx Cup Standings and gave him tremendous position to win the $10 Million bonus at the end of the Playoffs.  McIlroy is followed in the standings by Nick Watney who won the Barclays last week and in third place is Tiger Woods.  There are two rounds remaining, The BMW Championship next week, followed by the Tour Championship to round out the PGA Playoffs.  Next at the BMW Championship the field will be narrowed down to top 70 golfers in the FedEx Cup Points standings.  With the final two rounds upcoming the Championship is still up for grabs; it will be an exciting 2 weeks of great golf.