McIlroy overhauls Casey to triumph in Boston

Mon Sep 5, 2016 4:02pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy ended a 16-month title drought on the PGA Tour with a brilliant last-day charge as he won the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots on Monday in Norton, Massachusetts.

A distant six strokes behind overnight leader Paul Casey heading into the final round at the TPC Boston, McIlroy fired a sparkling six-under-par 65 in blustery conditions to post a 15-under total of 269.

The Northern Irish world number five ended his round in style, hitting an exquisite bunker shot to within two feet at the par-five 18th for a tap-in four, his seventh birdie of the day, as he clinched his 12th PGA Tour victory.

Englishman Casey, hunting his second career win on the U.S. circuit, led by three strokes after 54 holes but had to settle for second place after closing with a 73.

McIlroy, who had not tasted victory on the PGA Tour since the Wells Fargo Championship in May last year, pinpointed his remarkable recovery after a horrible start to Friday's opening round as key to his success at the TPC Boston.

"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 Golf Channel

The 27-year-old ended up shooting a level-par 71 in the opening round after ominously starting out par; bogey; triple-bogey.

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

"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."   Continued...

Sep 5, 2016; Norton, MA, USA; Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the final round of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports