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He’s Baaaack: 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship Recap

Is Rory back to being RORY?

All signs seem to point to yes.

Despite netting some wins abroad, the Irishman hasn’t won on the PGA Tour all season, largely in part due to his poor putting. But in a twist of fate that only golf can provide, it was his putter which he leaned on the most en route to claiming victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Well, that and a 312.9-yard driving average.

Rory’s incredible Monday 65 was out-and-out stunning on its own, but was made even more impressive when you consider he was facing winds that reached nearly 30 mph during the closing stretch. The field struggled mightily with distance control and finding fairways, while Rory shot himself out of a cannon with a 5-under 31 on the front nine.

Former World No. 3, Englishman Paul Casey, held a 3-shot overall advantage (6 ahead of Rory) after 54 holes, but couldn’t convert the win. He applauded Rory’s performance after the round, but noted he likes where his own game is at. Casey remains positive and thinks he could nab a victory in the final two events of the year.

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Paul Casey was -15 through 54 holes but struggled Monday, shooting a 73

The most impressive contributor to McIlroy’s latest success, might be his resilience. Rory is a tremendous closer from out in front, but is not known for winning after trailing late.

After an ugly opening 71 that featured a 4-over 2-hole stretch on the 11th and 12th holes (he started on the 10th tee), Rory rattled off 22 birdies and an 18th hole Sunday eagle that gave him hope of catching Casey. The 6-shot deficit is the largest McIlroy’s overcome in his career.

“A few putts go your way, get a little bit of confidence, start rolling them in, start feeling good about yourself.” – Rory McIlroy

Rory, amid Nike’s exit from equipment, is now gaming a Scotty Cameron M1 mallet prototype putter, receiving help from a new coach, and also using a new putting grip that he credits as a key part of his success.

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So while much of what worked this weekend for Rory was new, the outcome is something we’re very, very familiar with. And if we weren’t already excited enough for Crooked Stick, the BMW Championship, and Rory’s chance to prove he’s back in the hunt for No. 1 in the World, is just 2 days away.

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Looking Forward to Crooked Stick

Only 70 players are heading to Indiana for the BMW Championship, the second-to-last PGA Tour event of the wrap-around season.

Baddeley, Aaron
Berger, Daniel
Casey, Paul
Castro, Roberto
Chappell, Kevin
Curran, Jon
Day, Jason
Donald, Luke
Dufner, Jason
English, Harris
Finau, Tony
Fowler, Rickie
Garcia, Sergio
Gomez, Fabian
Grace, Branden
Grillo, Emiliano
Haas, Bill
Hahn, James
Harman, Brian
Hearn, David
Herman, Jim
Hoffman, Charley
Holmes, J.B.
Horschel, Billy
Howell III, Charles
Hurley III, Billy
Johnson, Dustin
Johnson, Zach
Kaufman, Smylie
Kim, Si Woo
Kirk, Chris
Kisner, Kevin
Knox, Russell
Koepka, Brooks
Kokrak, Jason
Kuchar, Matt
Leishman, Marc
Lingmerth, David
Lovemark, Jamie
Martin, Ben
Matsuyama, Hideki
McDowell, Graeme
McGirt, William
McIlroy, Rory
Mickelson, Phil
Moore, Ryan
Na, Kevin
O’Hair, Sean
Oosthuizen, Louis
Palmer, Ryan
Piercy, Scott
Reed, Patrick
Reifers, Kyle
Rose, Justin
Schwartzel, Charl
Scott, Adam
Snedeker, Brandt
Spieth, Jordan
Steele, Brendan
Streelman, Kevin
Stuard, Brian
Summerhays, Daniel
Swafford, Hudson
Taylor, Vaughn
Thomas, Justin
Vegas, Jhonattan
Walker, Jimmy
Watson, Bubba
Woodland, Gary

 

 

Open Champion Henrik Stenson qualified, but will miss the event with a torn meniscus to rest for the Ryder Cup.

Photos: Nike Golf

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