McIlroy hopes to bring momentum to Ryder Cup
RORY McIlroy shot a superb six-under 65 to end his 16-month PGA Tour title drought with victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.
The Northern Ireland star laid the foundations for a two-stroke victory over England's Paul Casey with a bewitching front nine performance, sinking five birdies to be five under at the turn.
Two more birdies and a bogey on the back nine at TPC Boston sealed a deserved win for the 27-year-old, whose last win on the PGA Tour came at the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2015.
The win earned McIlroy another US$1.53 million (S$2.1 million) and will see him move up to third in the next set of world rankings.
It also catapulted him from 38th to fourth place in the standings for the lucrative FedExCup post-season series.
Third-round leader Casey had begun the day three shots clear but saw his challenge unravel after posting four bogeys in a two-over 73 to finish second.
PGA champion Jimmy Walker finished three adrift of McIlroy after shooting a 70.
Australia's world No. 6 Adam Scott was alone in fourth place after a six-under 65.
McIlroy's triumph also represented a boost for Team Europe who need him at his fearsome best at Hazeltine between Sept 27 and Oct 2.
"I am really proud of myself for battling that first day, getting some momentum on Saturday and just going with that.
"It is nice to get that first win in the States this year.
"Hopefully, this is momentum I can bring on to the next couple of weeks and ultimately the Ryder Cup... "