McIlroy wins Deutsche Bank Championship with marvellous final round

Justin Rose of England lines up a putt on the ninth green during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament Sunday Sept. 4 2016 in Norton Mass

McIlroy rallied from six shots behind Monday and closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship, the 20th victory of his career worldwide and his first this year on the PGA Tour.

A distant six strokes behind overnight leader Paul Casey heading into the final round at the TPC Boston, McIlroy's terrific round in blustery conditions helped him post a 15-under total of 269.

But his undulating putt from the back of the green raced 10 feet past the hole to secure McIlroy's first PGA Tour triumph since May 2015.

US PGA Championship victor Jimmy Walker finished third on 12 under after a second successive 70 while Adam Scott ended with three straight birdies to match McIlroy's 65 and take fourth on 11 under.

Deutsche Bank gave him the blue belt with a large silver buckle when McIlroy won four years ago, and because this was the last year it is sponsoring the tournament, the company wanted him to keep it.

Casey could not rise to the occasion after McIlroy's showing put him under pressure, a two-over 73 leaving him to settle for second on 13 under.

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"Things can turn around very quickly in this game", McIlroy said. The Ulsterman charged into the lead thanks to five birdies on the front nine, but he slowed down on the back, parring six of the first seven holes. "His strong putting continued today, as he splashed home three putts from outside nine feet including an 18-footer for birdie at the par-3 eighth and a 22'5" birdie bomb at the par-4 14th.

In his case, it only took 69 holes.

The top 70 players on the FedExCup points list advance to this week's BMW Championship in Carmel, Indiana, where the leading 30 will qualify for the September.

Reigning PGA Champion Jimmy Walker was the bronze finisher, closing with a 70 to hold steady on the leaderboard. A new putter. The old Rory McIlroy.

Like McIlroy, Scott also had a positive final round with a 65.