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Rory McIlroy's stock rises further after Deutsche Bank win

Updated: Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 00:36 | Comments

Rory McIlroy secured his fifth win on the PGA Tour on Monday after edging out Louis Oosthuizen
Rory McIlroy secured his fifth win on the PGA Tour on Monday after edging out Louis Oosthuizen

Rory McIlroy overturned a three-shot final-round deficit to squeeze past South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.

The world number one's final-round 67 gave him victory with a 20-under-par total of 264, just ahead of former Open champion Oosthuizen, whose late surge was not quite enough as he finished with a 71.

McIlroy, who won the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes three weeks ago, had made a blistering start to his final-day challenge with three birdies in his first four holes.

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman was fortunate to pull back on the fifth hole when his bogey five beat a costly double-bogey by Oosthuizen, who fell further behind when McIlroy birdied the sixth and eighth.

A run of seven straight pars from Oosthuizen promised little before birdies on the 13th and 15th hauled him back within a single stroke. After both bogeyed the 17th, pars on the last were enough to give McIlroy the title.

Tiger Woods shot a strong five-under-par final round of 66 to finish just one shot behind Oosthuizen on 18 under - four shots clear of Phil Mickelson, who also finished with a 66, and Ryder Cup hopeful Dustin Johnson (70).

Lee Westwood's three-under-par 68 left him with an eight-under total of 276, while Luke Donald and Ernie Els both shot disappointing 70s to finish on five-under 279.

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