Whatever magic Louis Oosthuizen had stored in his putter on Sunday, magically disappeared on Monday, or maybe it took Labor Day off with the rest of the country. Rory McIlroy had no such problem Monday as he fired 4 under par 67 at The Duetche Bank Championship to beat playing partner Oosthuizen by one stroke, and Tiger Woods by two. He also leaves Boston with all of the marbles, he is Number one on The FedEx Cup list, Number one in the The World Golf Rankings, and with his victory Monday, surpassed Tiger as Number one on the 2012 Money List.
After birdies at 2,3 and 4 McIlroy had one of his only two bogeys of the day at the par 4 fifth hole. Oosthuizen helped him out at #5 with a double bogey, and Rory would never give up at least a share of the lead, for the remainder of the afternoon. Both golfers had some problems at the the 17th hole, which was one of the easiest holes on the course, but the final pair found a way to provide some excitement where Rory had to make a five footer to save bogey and retain the lead.
Waiting two strokes back for any kind of mis-cue, was Tiger Woods in his traditional Sunday Red and Black Nike uniform, as the final pair played the 18th hole. After four birdies on the front nine, Tiger couldn’t get any of his putts to drop on the back nine until he birdied the par 5 18th hole. He barely missed Eagle, and knew as the putt went by the hole, birdie was not going to be enough. Turns out he needed double eagle to force a playoff anyway. Tiger shot a respectable 66, and put himself in position if the leaders stumbled.
Phil Mickelson matched Tigers 5 under 66, and ended the tournament in a tie with Dustin Johnson for 4th place. Ryder Cup hopeful Brendt Snedeker shot a 4 under 67 on Monday and finished the Deutche Bank at 13 under par, and giving Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III something to think about before he makes his selections this morning.
Nick Watney, who is a long shot to make the Ryder Cup, couldn’t seem to find the same magic at TPC Boston that he captured at Bethpage Black, and finished T20 at 6 under par. Rickie Fowler had a horrible tournament and did nothing to improve his Ryder Cup hopes by finishing 7 over par.
With only the top 70 players advancing to the next round of the playoffs, Dicky Pride was #70, and is the last player to make the field next weekend at The BMW Championship. Some names that will not be making the trip to Crooked Stick are Aaron Baddeley, Scott Stallings, Sean O’Hair, and Jonas Blixt. I don’t know about you, but I was pulling for Jonas all day on Monday as he was first up, then down. He made a valiant effort, but the bogey at the 14th hole was too much to overcome. He shot a 68, and finished in 71’st position.
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