Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds the trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds the trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament. Michael Dwyer

Fast-finishing McIlroy breaks PGA Tour drought

GOLF: Former world No.1 Rory McIlroy has claimed his first PGA Tour win in 16 months by taking out the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.

The Northern Irishman was six strokes behind leader Paul Casey heading into the final round but had a blazing six-under-par 65 with seven birdies in blustery conditions to post a 15-under total of 269.

McIlroy finished two shots clear of Casey at 15-under to win his 12th PGA Tour event.

He recovered from a horrible start to Friday's opening round where he opened with par, bogey and triple-bogey.

"Those last 15 holes on Friday were definitely a turning point, not just in this tournament, but maybe in my season, to play the last 15 holes in four-under,” McIlroy told reporters.

He finished the opening round on par 71.

"Then I tweaked my putting grip on Saturday morning, holed some putts on Saturday and went with it and got some momentum,” McIlroy said.

"Things can turn around quickly in this game and they did for me this week.

"It is amazing to think how I started this tournament and what was going through my mind after three holes, and then all of a sudden (I'm) standing here with a trophy. It is pretty cool.”

McIlroy ended his tournament with an exquisite bunker shot to within 60cm at the par-five 18th for a tap-in four, his seventh birdie of the day, to lift his world ranking from five to three.

Casey, hunting his second career win on the US circuit, led by three strokes after 54 holes but finished second after closing with a 73.

American Jimmy Walker was third and Australian Adam Scott fourth.



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