GOLFER Rory McIlroy was delighted to have maintained his winning momentum after overturning a three-shot final-round deficit last night to squeeze past Louis Oosthuizen and win the Deutsche Bank Championship in the United States.
The world number one’s final-round 67 gave him victory with a 20-under-par total of 264 - one stroke ahead of South Africa’s Oosthuizen, whose late surge was not quite enough as he finished with a 71, and two clear of a resurgent Tiger Woods.
McIlroy, who won the PGA Championship by a record eight shots three weeks ago, had made a blistering start to his final-day challenge with three birdies in his first four holes at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.
The Northern Irishman was fortunate to pull back on the fifth hole when his bogey five beat a costly double-bogey by Oosthuizen, who fell further behind when McIlroy birdied the sixth and eighth.
A run of seven straight pars from former Open champion Oosthuizen promised little before birdies on the 13th and 15th hauled him back within a single stroke. After both bogeyed the 17th, pars on the last were enough to give McIlroy the title.
“Delighted to get my fifth win on the PGA Tour, third win this year, second win in the last three events,” said the 23-year-old, whose triumph lifted him to number one in the FedEx Cup standings.