Rory McIlroy is officially back to being the guy we all knew and loved at the 2011 U.S. Open.
After placing fifth at the Bridgestone Invitational, McIlroy has now won two tournaments in three tries, including the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, when he shot a 67 to close in style.
Here are the updated FedEx Cup standings after Monday's action (via PGATour.com):
|Player||FedEx Cup Points|
|1. Rory McIlroy||4,799|
|2. Nick Watney||3,468|
|3. Tiger Woods||3,417|
|4. Brandt Snedeker||3,194|
|5. Louis Oosthuizen||2,909|
|6. Dustin Johnson||2,622|
|7. Jason Dufner||2,373|
|8. Zach Johnson||2,279|
|9. Phil Mickelson||2,170|
|10. Bubba Watson||2,080|
McIlroy ended up with a 20-under-par 264 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, one stroke ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, who began the final round with the lead. McIlroy beat out Tiger Woods by two strokes, after Woods closed with a 66.
McIlroy was consistent throughout the tournament, scoring two 65s to open the action while closing with two 67s. He drove the ball an average of 310.2 yards while registering a GIR of 66.7 percent and a sand save rate of 67 percent, per ESPN. He also putted well, averaging 1.5 putts per GIR.
On average, golfers destroyed TPC Boston, with 11 players scoring a 10-under par or better and 50 players going under par. Last year's champion, Webb Simpson, scored a seven-under par and tied for 18th.
McIlroy now has eight top-10 finishes in 15 PGA Tour events this year, including three victories (tied with Woods for most on tour). His win in Norton comes after he won the PGA Championship in August.
He continues to be one of the most promising young golfers on tour after shattering records at the U.S. Open last year.
Woods, on the other hand, has had his best season since 2008, albeit without a major championship. He has had trouble closing out tournaments this year, but his outing on Monday in Norton was a good sign.
Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 British Open and placed second to Bubba Watson at the Masters this year, finished with 71 on Monday after scoring a career-best 63 on Sunday. He has three top-10 finishes in his last four outings.
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