In a Labor Day finish filled with some of golf's biggest names, Rory McIlroy sent his stock soaring in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McIlroy overcame a three-shot deficit Monday in five holes, and then overcame a few mistakes on the final two holes to close with a 4-under 67 and escape with a one-shot victory over Louis Oosthuizen.
McIlroy joined Tiger Woods as the only three-time winners on the PGA Tour this year, and with one of his wins being the PGA Championship, that might be enough for his peers to vote him player of the year. He also finally built a comfortable gap at No. 1 in the world.
McIlroy didn't make it easy on himself. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland had a three-shot lead with six holes to play, and only a clutch bogey putt on the 17th hole kept him from losing all of his lead.
Oosthuizen, who had to cope with pain in his right shoulder earlier in the round, came back with two birdies on the back to get within one shot. McIlroy hit a chip over the 17th green into more rough, and it looked as if he would struggle to make bogey. Oosthuizen, however, chipped poorly to 10 feet and missed his par putt, and Boy Wonder calmly sank his 5-foot bogey putt to stay one shot ahead.
"I didn't finish off the way I would have liked," McIlroy said. "But I got there in the end. I'm very happy."
WHAT'S IN RORY'S WINNING BAG?
DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 906F2 (13°, 17°) with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shafts
IRONS: Titleist 712 MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Mill (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
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