September 4, 2012
BREAKING NEWS: McIlroy wins again
by Sportsmail Reporter
Rory McIlroy put himself in pole position to take a 10 million dollar morale boost into the Ryder Cup with a sensational win in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston on Monday night.
The victory took the World No 1 to the top of the FedEx Cup rankings with just two tournaments to go and the mind boggling first prize within his reach when it is settled at the Tour Championship in Atlanta the weekend before Europe and the US do battle at Kiawah Island.
Not that he needs the money too badly – Monday night’s victory was his second £1m payday in a matter of weeks after winning the USPGA Championship. But his performance underlined the sensational form the 23-year-old from Holywood has found in the second half of his first full season after returning to the US Tour.
And after building a two shot lead by half way he clung on to finish 20 under par for the tournament, a shot ahead of the South African. And even when he wobbled slightly on the 17th hole, chipping from the rough behind a bunker on one side of the green straight into the long grass on the other, he was let off when Oosthuizen missed a ten foot putt to also bogey the hole.
The South African then put his second shot at the 18th into deep rough, and although he produced a brilliant chip to get out of trouble he just missed the putt which would have taken the match to a play off.
The victory was all the more crucial as a morale boost because it means McIlroy will keep the upper hand of any Ryder Cup duel with Tiger Woods, who gave more evidence of his return to top form with a final day 66 to finish in third place on 18 under.
McIlory said: ‘It was more a case of survival over the last few holes, I didn’t finish off how I would have liked, but I got there in the end and I am very happy.
‘It’s my third win over the year and it sets me up in a great position going into the last two weeks.’