McIlroy pips Oosthuizen to Deutsche Bank Championship with final round of 67
22:47 GMT, 3 September 2012
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.
Champion: McIlroy lifts the trophy after shaking hands with Oosthuizen
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 on the US Tour.
Top form: McIlroy shot a 67 in the final round to win by one shot
Starting the day three shots behind former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, he launched his charge with three birdies in the first four holes.
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.
Edged out: Oosthuizen (below left) had started the day three shots clear
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.
Morale boost: McIlroy finished two shots clear of Ryder Cup rival Woods