They all went to sleep and forgot about Rory McIlroy.
The former No 1 player in the world fired a blistering 6-under 65 to make up a six-stroke deficit and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes on Monday at TPC Boston.
“It’s just incredible, this game, how quickly things can change,” McIlroy said after his two-shot victory over Paul Casey. “It’s been a great lesson for me this week not to get down on myself, to stay patient. After three holes Friday, there was so much going through my head, and none of those things involved sitting beside a trophy.
McIlroy won a FedEx Cup tournament for the third time, tying Tiger Woods for the most wins in the most in the post-season event’s short history.
With the win, McIlroy jumps from 38th to fourth in the overall standings, vaulting up to 3,115 He’s 860 behind leader Patrick Reed with two events ago.
Impressively, the top four ranked players in the world are all in top six in the current standings.
McIlroy won the tournament by getting better every round, shooting a 71-67-66-65 – 269 to take home 2,000 points and $1.53 million. He was dynamite on the front nine, hitting five birdies, including three in a row on 7, 8, 9. He slipped with a near miss on No. 17, then rebounded with a birdie on No. 18 to salt the win away.
After three straight 66s, Casey staggered to a closing-round 73. Casey had closed out the third round with an eagle 3 on No. 18, but couldn’t keep that momentum going on Monday.He bogeyed two of the first five holes and had two more bogeys on 11 and 14.
Jimmy Walker took third at 12-under. Adam Scott was fourth at 11-under and Reed was part of a three-way tie for fifth with Fabian Gomez and James Hahn.
World No. 2 Dustin Johnson shot 9-under to finish tied for eighth. No. 1 Jason Day rallied to tie for 15th at 8-under. Jordan Spieth finished with a 69 to get to 7-under, tying for 21st.
The top 70 players in the new FedEx standings advanced to the BMW Championships this week in Chicago. The top 30 then head to Atlanta for the TOUR Championship.
That top 70 was of paramount importance to Australia’s Marc Leishman tied for 46th to move up 70th.