Rory McIlroy Comes From Three Back To Win Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger In 3rd Place
Rory McIlroy finished atop a star-studded leaderboard to capture the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship by carding a 67 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 20-under—he bested Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke and Tiger Woods by two.
With the win, McIlroy takes the lead in the FedEx Cup standings, and ties Tiger with the most wins on the PGA this season at three. At 23, he is now the youngest golfer to win a leg of the FedEx Cup.
McIlroy trailed his Sunday playing partner Oosthuizen by four strokes to start the day, but he quickly erased that deficit.
After a par on the first, he birdied the next three holes. He bogeyed hole No. 5, but answered with a birdie on six, and that had him tied for the lead, as Oosthuizen was one-over through six.
Here is the birdie on six that gave him a share of the lead.
Oosthuizen hung in there, and he had a chance to reclaim a piece of the lead but couldn’t capitalize.
With a two-stroke lead, McIlroy popped up a drive on the par-four 15th tee, and left himself well over 200 yards for his second shot. His approach initially landed on the green, but it rolled off.
He had a tough chip as he had to clear a slight crest to get on to the green and then deal with the downhill all the way to the pin. He got it within two feet and made his par putt. Oosthuizen birdied the hole, which you can see below, to pull within one.
That margin remained as the two moved to the 17th, a hole that played under par for the week.
Rory was in the right rough with his drive. Oosthuizen boomed his down the fairway. The door was open.
McIlroy pulled his approach shot into the left rough behind a bunker. He had a tough lie and very little green to work with.
Oosthuizen hit his approach shot after McIlroy, and he went in the rough to the right of the green, but he had a decent look, which he ended up sending almost 10 feet past the hole.
McIlroy sailed past the cup and the green on his third and was again in the rough, which he ended up chipping to within five feet.
Oosthuizen still had a chance to grab a piece of the lead if he made his relatively straight putt for par. He slid it past the right edge and wound up with a bogey. McIlroy also sank his bogey putt.
After all of this, Oosthuizen had a chance to send it to a playoff if he could sink an almost straight putt that was just over 10 feet away on the 18th hole. He missed it off the right edge by less than an inch, and finished in second as a result.
While these two traded the lead, Woods lurked just behind them.
Woods, whose third-place finish pushed him past $100 million in career PGA earnings, managed to keep himself within shouting distance by carding a birdie on four of his final six holes on the front nine to move to 17-under for the tournament. Check out his birdie to close out the front.
Woods’ putter cooled off on the back, and he couldn’t pick it up enough to be a real threat.
He played fantastically, but he narrowly missed a couple of putts that could have really put him into contention. He parred the first eight holes on the back before sinking a birdie on the par-five 18th to finish the day with a 66 and 18-under for the tournament.