Rory McIlroy Wins 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship

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Rory McIlroy

Final-Round Notes – Monday, September 5, 2016

 

Weather: Due to the threat of high winds and possible heavy rain, tee times featured threesomes off split tees from

7–9:01 a.m. Mostly cloudy and windy with a high of 71. Wind N/NE 15-20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph.

 

Final-Round Leaderboard

Rory McIlroy                 71-67-66-65—269 (-15)

Paul Casey                   66-66-66-73—271 (-13)

Jimmy Walker              68-64-70-70—272 (-12)

Adam Scott                   67-71-70-65—273 (-11)

 

Rory McIlroy

Following his eagle at the par-5 18th hole to end his third round, Rory McIlroy returned Mondaymorning to birdie six of his first 12 holes en route to a 6-under 65 and two-stroke victory over 54-hole leader Paul Casey. McIlroy’s 65 tied Adam Scott for the low round of the day.

 

McIlroy’s 12th career PGA TOUR win comes in his 115th TOUR start at the age of 27 years, 4 months and 1 day.

 

12th career PGA TOUR title:

2010 – Wells Fargo Championship

2011 – U.S. Open

2012 – The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship

2014 – The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship

2015 – World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship

2016 – Deutsche Bank Championship

 

With the victory, McIlroy collects 2,000 FedExCup points and moves to No. 4 in the standings.

 

In round one, McIlroy ranked 54th in Stroke Gained: Putting, losing -0.125 strokes to the field on the greens. Over rounds two and three, he jumped all the way to second place, behind Louis Oosthuizen, picking up +4.49 total strokes on the putting surface. In today’s final round, McIlroy gained +0.936 over the field and ranked 27th.

 

McIlroy was making his 19th start in a FedExCup Playoffs event this week, with wins at the 2012 and 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship and 2012 BMW Championship among his eight top-10 finishes.

 

McIlroy’s third FedExCup Playoffs victory ties Tiger Woods for most FedExCup Playoffs wins. Woods won the 2007 and 2009 BMW Championship and 2007 TOUR Championship.

 

When McIlroy won the 2012 BMW Championship after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, he did so at Crooked Stick Golf Club, site of this week’s BMW Championship. This week marks the first return to Crooked Stick since McIlroy’s win.

 

McIlroy, who began the final round six strokes off Paul Casey’s 15-under 198 lead, has now come from behind in the final round to win on five occasions, most recently at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. En route to his 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship win, McIlroy overcame a three-stroke deficit (Louis Oosthuizen) to win by a stroke.

 

On 10 of 14 occasions now, the winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship has come from behind in the final round. The only 54-hole leaders to hang on for the win were Adam Scott/2003, Vijay Singh/2004, Olin Browne/2005 and Steve Stricker/2009.

 

On 22 of 41 occasions this season, the winner of a stroke-play event on the PGA TOUR has emerged from behind beginning the final round.

 

McIlroy becomes the 14th different player to win in his 20s on the PGA TOUR this season (17 wins), compared to 22 different players in their 30s and two different players in their 40s.

 

2015-16 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 16-13-7-1

 

PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 115-100-53-12

 

McIlroy’s Statistics By Round:

R1: 9/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, 28 putts

R2: 8/14 fairways, 12/18 greens, 25 putts

R3: 9/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, 26 putts

R4: 10/14 fairways, 15/18 greens, 28 putts

 

McIlroy’s Strokes Gained Summary (week):
Off-the-Tee                                +2.508 (15th)
Approach-the-Green                   +3.302 (10th)
Around-the-Green                       +1.149 (24th)
Putting                                       +5.301 (7th)
Total                                         +12.261 (1st)

 

Full name: Rory McIlroy

Height: 5-10     Weight: 160

Birthday: May 4, 1989

Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland

Residence: Holywood, Northern Ireland

Family: Single

Turned professional: 2007

 

Paul Casey

England’s Paul Casey, who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, struggled to a 2-over 73 Monday to finish behind winner Rory McIlroy.

 

The runner-up finish for Casey this week marks his sixth on the PGA TOUR. Before this week, his two most recent were playoff losses at the 2015 Genesis Open and Travelers Championship.

 

Casey’s 73 in the final round came after three consecutive 5-under 66s.

 

Casey was forced to withdraw from last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship after his second round with a back injury. In his other two starts, he missed the cut in 2008 and finished T25 in 2010.

 

On the strength of four top-10 finishes, Casey came into the week at No. 59 in the FedExCup standings. With his runner-up finish at TPC Boston, he moves to No. 10.

 

Casey will now advance to the BMW Championship for a fourth time; 2015/T23, 2010/2nd and 2009/DNS.

 

In his only two appearances in the TOUR Championship, Casey finished in the top five (T4/2010, T5/2015).

 

Casey was in search of his second career PGA TOUR victory this week, having previously won the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

 

This week marked the second 54-hole lead/co-lead of Casey’s PGA TOUR career, with the first coming at the site of his lone TOUR win in Houston, where he was a co-leader after the third round.

 

Casey’s week at a glance:

R1: 12 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 4 of 5 scrambling, 26 putts.

R2: 7 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 3 of 3 scrambling, 28 putts.

R3: 11 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens, 3 of 4 scrambling, 28 putts.

R4: 10 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 3 of 5 scrambling, 33 putts

 

Jimmy Walker

In just his third start since winning the PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker’s 1-under 70 inMonday’s final round was good for solo third. Walker is coming off missed cuts at the Wyndham Championship and The Barclays in his last two starts.

 

With his third-place showing this week at TPC Boston, Walker moves to No. 9 in the FedExCup standings.

 

Before this week’s finish, a T9 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2014 was Walker’s only top-10 finish in 20 FedExCup Playoffs events. He was seeking to become the fourth player to win the Deutsche Bank Championship in the same year as a major:

2012     Rory McIlroy     won PGA Championship

2006     Tiger Woods     won The Open Championship and PGA Championship

2004     Vijay Singh       won PGA Championship

 

Adam Scott

Following nine straight pars to begin his round, 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship winner Adam Scott reeled off six birdies on his inward nine (10-12, 16-18) to post a bogey-free 65 and finish at 11-under 273 (4th).

 

Despite the wind being the strongest of the four competitive days on Monday, Scott was strongest statistically, hitting 12 of 14 fairways in regulation and 17 of 18 greens. For the second straight day, he needed 30 putts to complete his round.

 

Scott’s fourth-place finish marks his sixth top-10 finish at TPC Boston in 11 starts; 1st/2003, T2/2004, T5/2010, T8/2011, T7/2012 and 4th/2016.

 

Scott’s fourth-place finish marks his 12th top-10 finish in 31 FedExCup Playoffs starts.

 

Scott was in search of his 14th career win on the PGA TOUR and third of the 2015-16 season (The Honda Classic, World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship).

 

Additional player notes

Defending champion Rickie Fowler struggled in round four, posting a 1-over 72 to finish at 3-under 281 (T46). Only Vijay Singh (2004, 2008) has won the Deutsche Bank Championship more than once.

 

Jason Day, who remains at No. 2 in the FedExCup, posted a 4-under 67 in round four to finish at 8-under 276 (T15). He has just five over-par scores in 36 overall rounds at TPC Boston, with none coming in the final round.

 

Jordan Spieth ended the week with a 2-under 69 to finish at 7-under 277 (T21). Spieth finished T10 at last week’s Barclays. In contrast, he missed the cut in the first two Playoffs events in 2015, before going on to finish T13 at the BMW Championship and first at the TOUR Championship, en route to claiming the FedExCup.

 

Current FedExCup leader Patrick Reed enjoyed another solid week, posting scores of 68-67-70-69—274 (-10) to finish T5. His 11th top-10 finish of the season is second-most to Dustin Johnson, with 13.

 

FedExCup and the Deutsche Bank Championship

  • The top 30 players following the BMW Championship qualify for the Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship. Prior to the TOUR Championship, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title. The top five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
  • Vijay Singh (2008) and Henrik Stenson (2013) are the only players to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and FedExCup title in the same year. Singh is also the only player to win the Deutsche Bank Championship twice (2004, 2008).
  • Jordan Spieth is the only FedExCup champion to miss the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship the same year as his FedExCup win.

 

Players who moved into the top 70 in the FedExCup standings:

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Billy Hurley III

77th

T8

51st

David Hearn

92nd

T8

59th

Hudson Swafford

82nd

T15

61st

Vaughn Taylor

79th

T24

64

Chris Kirk

75th

T33

66th

Marc Leishman

71st

T46

70th

 

In PGA TOUR rookie year of 2009, Marc Leishman finished T15 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which moved him inside the top-70 (67th) and into the field at the BMW Championship. At the BMW Championship that week, he finished T2 and jumped all the way from 67th to 16th in the FedExCup standings and into the TOUR Championship. He finished his rookie season at No. 20 in the standings.

 

Players who dropped out of the top 70 in the FedExCup standings:

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Jerry Kelly

61st

MC

72nd

Martin Laird

63rd

MC

77th

Colt Knost

65th

MC

79th

Ricky Barnes

68th

T53

71st

Johnson Wagner

69th

T63

78th

Chez Reavie

70th

MC

81st

 

Five players entered The Barclays ranked No. 101 – 125 in the FedExCup standings and played their way into this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s how they stand after the Deutsche Bank Championship:

 

Player

FEC Before

Barclays

Barclays

Finish

FEC After

Barclays

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Tyrone Van Aswegen

104th

T41

93rd

MC

Eliminated

Sean O’Hair

108th

T2

15th

T53

20th

John Huh

111th

T31

90th

T65

Eliminated

Derek Fathauer

118th

T31

99th

MC

Eliminated

Sung Kang

122nd

T18

88th

MC

Eliminated

 

Rookies and the FedExCup

Daniel Berger was the only rookie to advance to the TOUR Championship last season, finishing 11th in the FedExCup standings to earn the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honor. No rookies advanced to Atlanta in 2013-14. Last year, nine rookies qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Rookies who advanced this year include:

 

Player

FEC Before

Barclays

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Smylie Kaufman

26

34

T24

33rd

Emiliano Grillo

32

6

T33

8th

Patton Kizzire

58

72

MC

Eliminated

Harold Varner III

82

87

T33

Eliminated

Brett Stegmaier

101

Eliminated

Michael Kim

115

Eliminated

 

First Timers in the FedExCup Playoffs

Here’s a list of players making their first-ever Playoffs appearance:

 

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Emiliano Grillo

No. 6

T33

8th

Si Woo Kim

No. 22

T15

18th

Branden Grace

No. 33

T41

37th

Smylie Kaufman

No. 34

T24

33rd

Jamie Lovemark

No. 40

71st

49th

Patton Kizzire

No. 72

MC

Eliminated

Patrick Rodgers

No. 76

T46

Eliminated

Danny Willett

No. 86

DNP

Eliminated

Harold Varner III

No. 87

T33

Eliminated

Sung Kang

No. 88

MC

Eliminated

Tyrone Van Aswegen

No. 93

MC

Eliminated

Derek Fathauer

No. 99

MC

Eliminated

 

Past FedExCup champions still remaining in the Playoffs

Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) is the only two-time winner of the FedExCup. Here’s a list of past FedExCup champions who are still alive in the Playoffs:

 

Player

FEC Before

DBC

DBC

Finish

FEC After

DBC

Jordan Spieth No. 5

T21

6th

Brandt Snedeker No. 9

T46

11th

Henrik Stenson No. 21

T41

24th

Bill Haas No. 36

T67

46th

Billy Horschel No. 51

MC

62nd

Jim Furyk No. 84

T57

Eliminated

Vijay Singh No. 95

MC

Eliminated

 

Players on FedExCup Bubbles

Rank    Player

70        Marc Leishman (853 points)

30        Brooks Koepka (1,397 points)

 

Miscellaneous Notes
Bogey-free rounds

R1: Jim Furyk (67), James Hahn (65), Billy Hurley III (67), Ryan Moore (65), Justin Rose (68), Jhonattan Vegas (66).

R2: Paul Casey (66), Jason Dufner (68), Branden Grace (68), Spencer Levin (67), Sean O’Hair (68), Justin Rose (67), Charl Schwartzel (66).

R3: Louis Oosthuizen (64), Scott Brown (65), James Hahn (66), Ryan Moore (68), David Hearn (69).

R4: Chad Campbell (67), Branden Grace (66), Si Woo Kim (69), Adam Scott (65).

 

Scoring Averages at the par-71 TPC Boston:

            Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative

R1:       33.165              34.505              69.670              —

R2:       35.392              34.588              69.979              69.825

R3:       35.903              35.111              71.014              70.147

R4:       35.514              35.083              70.597              70.315

 

The par-4 10th hole played the toughest Monday, yielding a 4.194 average. The easiest was the par-4 fourth hole at 3.403.

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