Rory tops leaderboard

Wins 2nd playoff event to become No.1 in FedEx Cup charts

Written by Associated Press | Massachusetts | Published: September 5, 2012 12:21 am

Rory McIlroy got the start he wanted Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship,erasing a three-shot deficit in just five holes. The finish was hardly a masterpiece,except for the part when golf’s No. 1 player posed with the trophy.

Boy Wonder didn’t make it easy on himself at the TPC Boston. He tore up the turf on a tee shot that traveled 170 yards,and that was the only fairway he hit over the last five holes. He had to make a 6-foot putt to save par from a bunker,and a 5-foot putt to save bogey after a pitch sailed from one side of the green to the other. And he had to wait as Louis Oosthuizen’s birdie putt to force a playoff slid below the hole. McIlroy finished 20-under 264.

“I had a couple of wobbles coming in,but I obviously did enough and I’m very excited to get a victory,” McIlroy said. That’s all anyone will remember.

On a leaderboard packed with some of the biggest names in golf — McIlroy,Oosthuizen,Tiger Woods,Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson — with four birdies in six holes at the start,and limiting the damage from his mistakes at the end,McIlroy closed with a 4-under 67 for a one-shot victory over Oosthuizen,joining Woods as the only three-time winner this year on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy goes to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup and has a comfortable gap in the world ranking,which could be tough to catch the rest of the year unless Woods were to win the next two FedEx Cup events.

Woods first to surpass $100m

Woods made an early charge to get in the hunt,though he never got closer than three shots until a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th gave him a 66. He finished in third place,two shots behind,and earned enough money to become the first player to surpass $100 million in PGA Tour earnings.

Woods attributed that to higher purses,though he’s responsible for those. “I think we got some interest in the game of golf,” Woods said. “A lot more youth,that’s for sure.” Phil Mickelson also had a 66 and tied for fourth,along with Dustin Johnson.

McIlroy had a three-shot lead with six holes to play,and only a clutch bogey putt on the 17th hole kept him from losing all of his lead.

Oosthuizen,who had to cope with pain in his right shoulder earlier in the round,came back with two birdies on the back to get within one shot. McIlroy hit a chip over the 17th green into more rough,and it looked as if he would struggle to make bogey.

Oosthuizen,however,missed the green from 140 yards in the fairway,chipped poorly to 10 feet and missed his par putt,and McIlroy sank his 5-foot bogey putt to stay one shot ahead.

McIlroy made an early charge with three straight birdies,but the turning point came on the fifth hole when Oosthuizen felt pain in his shoulder on a tee shot that sailed into the trees and led to double bogey.

The pain went away on the back,and McIlroy and Oosthuizen turned it into a two-man race,with Woods lurking until he couldn’t convert enough putts. In the end,neither could Oosthuizen.

Johnson,Snedeker in Ryder Cup team

Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has filled out his 12-man American team with Steve Stricker,Jim Furyk,Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

Johnson and Snedeker played their way onto the team over the last two weeks. They were the only Americans to finish among the top six in both FedEx Cup playoff events,a performance that was difficult for Love to ignore. Stricker is a great putter and good partner for Tiger Woods. Furyk is a captain’s pick for the first time in 15 Ryder Cup matches. Love left out Hunter Mahan,a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago. For all its dominance,Europe has won only twice in America the last 20 years.

No punishment for Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius will face no disciplinary action over his outburst following defeat in the men’s 200 metres final,Paralympic organisers said.Moments after losing to Brazil’s Alan Oliveira,his first 200m defeat in nine years,Pistorius suggested that his opponent’s prosthetics were too long which had artificially lengthened his stride,giving him an unfair advantage.

“There will be no disciplinary action against Oscar for his comments,” International Paralympic Committee (IPC) director of communications Craig Spence told reporters on Tuesday. Pistorius apologised for the timing of his comments in a statement,but maintained there was still a fundamental issue about the length of athletes’ prosthetics that needed to be addressed.

Pistorius met with Paralympic officials in the immediate aftermath of his defeat when it was decided a further meeting would take place to discuss his concerns.

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