Change can be good. Since the discontinuation of Nike Golf Equipment, Rory McIlroy switched to the mallet style Scotty Cameron putter by Titleist.
McIlroy came into TPC Boston under a bit of scrutiny, mainly concerning his putting, and had taken drastic measures to fix the problem; a new putter, along with new coach Phil Kenyon.
After the most discouraging of starts, McIlroy produced one of the more important rounds of the tournament on Monday, disregarding problematic wind for a 6-under 65 to win by two strokes over 54-hole leader Paul Casey.
And most of the scoring was done with the flat stick…you’ve heard it before; Drive for show – putt for dough.
This is second time in four years McIlroy has won the Deutsche Bank Championship. With this win, McIlroy moved to 4th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs standings heading into the third leg of the playoffs; the BMW Championship.
As for Monday (the Labor Day final round), McIlroy started the day off six shots behind the lead, but got off to the good start he needed to make a run. With five birdies on the front, including three straight before the turn, he was able to tie Casey.
He then made another birdie at the par-4 12th, a hole that he was inconsistent on all week; a triple bogey, a birdie and a double bogey in his previous three rounds to take the lead while Casey bogeyed the 11th.
McIlroy was then up by two shots. He bogeyed the 17th but came back with a birdie on the par-5 finishing hole. McIlroy made 25 starts on Tour without a win before Monday.
Another Marquee name has been added to the top ten in the FedEx standings;
1. Patrick Reed
2. Jason Day
3. Dustin Johnson
4. Rory McIlroy
5. Adam Scott
6. Jordan Spieth
7. Russell Knox
8. Emiliano Grillo
9. Jimmy Walker
10. Paul Casey
Next weekend, as stated before, we have the BMW Championship for the top 75 players. The tournament will be held at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. Last year’s BMW Champion: Jason Day.