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.
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.
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.
— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) September 5, 2016
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.
Howell III, Charles
Hurley III, Billy
Kim, Si Woo
Open Champion Henrik Stenson qualified, but will miss the event with a torn meniscus to rest for the Ryder Cup.
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