The final leaderboard for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts is in. Rory McIlroy overcame his putting woes and rallied to win by two strokes over runner-up Paul Casey, his first since the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship over a year ago. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:
(1) Rory McIlroy (-15)
(2) Paul Casey (-13)
(3) Jimmy Walker (-12)
(4) Adam Scott (-11)
(T5) Patrick Reed (-10)
(T5) Fabian Gomez (-10)
(T5) James Hahn (-10)
(T8) Jason Kokrak (-9)
(T8) Dustin Johnson (-9)
(T8) Billy Hurley III (-9)
(T8) David Hearn (-9)
(T8) Louis Oosthuizen (-9)
(T8) Kevin Chappell (-9)
(T8) Ryan Moore (-9)
Here are some statistics on the champion and other notables near the top of the leaderboard:
Winner: Rory McIlroy (-14) – This is McIlroy’s 12th PGA Tour win, second Deutche Bank win and first since the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2015; with it, he moves into fourth position in the FedExCup standings. In the time since his Wells Fargo win, McIlroy won twice on the European Tour at the DP World Tour Championship and the Irish Open, but has largely struggled with one aspect of his game or another. Aside from this week, McIlroy has had a disappointing 2015-2016 season by his standards — 5 top 10s and 3 missed cuts (including at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship), and nothing better than a T3 (WGC-Cadillac). Last week at the Barclays he posted an unremarkable T31 finish. Previous results at the Deutsche Bank for McIlroy include a T29 in 2015, T5 in 2014, T47 in 2013 and win in 2012 — a trend of fairly decent play at TPC Boston. It will be interesting to see whether he’ll regress into poor form moving into the third and fourth legs of the playoff, or go on the type of hot streak we’ve seen from his many times in the past and nab the FedExCup.
Final round: 7 birdies and 1 bogey for a 6-under 65. McIlroy blazed a trail with 5 birdies on the front nine, and followed it up with a good-enough performance on the back to secure victory. On 18 he succeeded in getting it up and down from the greenside bunker. Casey failed to close the two shot gap in his final two holes of regulation. Scores in regulation: 71, 67, 66, 65 (269).
Paul Casey (-13) – Despite coming close countless times over the past couple years on the PGA Tour, Casey has failed to close; his last (and only) Tour win remains the 2009 Shell Houston Open. By the standards of a typical pro circuit golfer, Casey has had a pretty good 15-16 season: a solo second this week in a playoff event, a T10 at the PGA Championship, T4 at the Masters and a few more top-10s. Coincidentally, he posted the same finish as McIlroy last week at the Barclays (T31). Previous finishes at the Deutsche Bank for Casey include a WD in 2015 (due to a back injury), and T25 in 2010. Casey did not play the tournament from 2011 through 2014. I really do think he’s close to pulling out a win on Tour. Could it happen at the BMW or Tour Championship? I think he’s one of the most likely out of anyone eligible.
Final round: 2 birdies and 4 bogeys for a 2-over 73. He followed a birdie on 13 with a bogey and failed to take advantage of the closing par-5 opportunity. Scores in regulation: 66, 66, 66, 73 (271); as you can see, his triple 66 score set was ruined by a poor final round posting.
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