Rory McIlroy bags Boston win

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 9:15 BST

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.

Rory McIlroy bags Boston win

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, and two clear of a resurgent Tiger Woods.

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 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.

"Delighted to get my fifth win on the PGA Tour, third win this year, second win in the last three events," said 23-year-old, whose triumph lifted him to number one in the FedEx Cup standings and ensured he will have a shot at the US dollars 10million prize at the Tour Championship in Atlanta later this month.

"Today was great, going out with a three-shot deficit. I just wanted to get off to a good solid start and maybe put Louis under a little bit of pressure.

"I was able to do that playing the first holes three under, and we both made a couple of mistakes on the fifth hole, but he made a six to my five, so I was able to take advantage of that a little bit.

"I think the good start set me up for a solid back nine. There was a couple of shots on the back nine I... well, I won't take back now, but if I could have then, I would have.

"But I still managed to do enough, and as I said, delighted to get this win, delighted to go to number one in the FedEx Cup. It sets me up for a great next couple of weeks, so overall I'm just very pleased."

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

"My game is starting to come around," Woods said. "I'm pleased with the progress I made this week and really pleased with the way I rolled it. I hit so many good putts all week long, so that's a positive."

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.

Collated final round scores & totals

(USA unless stated, par 71):

264 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 65 65 67 67

265 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 66 65 63 71

266 Tiger Woods 64 68 68 66

270 Dustin Johnson 67 68 65 70, Phil Mickelson 68 68 68 66

271 Brandt Snedeker 69 70 65 67

272 Jeff Overton 64 71 69 68, Adam Scott (Aus) 69 69 68 66

273 Bryce Molder 65 69 68 71

274 Kevin Stadler 68 71 69 66, Ryan Moore 64 68 70 72

275 John Senden (Aus) 66 69 70 70

276 Steve Stricker 69 69 68 70, Keegan Bradley 71 73 63 69, Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 62 71 75 68, Jim Furyk 69 72 65 70, Lee Westwood (Eng) 68 71 69 68

277 Jason Dufner 67 66 70 74, Webb Simpson 69 70 66 72

278 D.A. Points 68 65 71 74, Nick Watney 72 69 66 71, John Merrick 68 72 68 70, Dicky Pride 69 72 69 68, Troy Matteson 72 67 70 69, Jonas Blixt (Swe) 67 72 71 68

279 Charley Hoffman 67 67 69 76, Pat Perez 69 72 69 69, David Hearn (Can) 67 69 68 75, William McGirt 69 72 69 69, Vijay Singh (Fij) 73 69 68 69, Ernie Els (Rsa) 69 69 71 70, Bo Van Pelt 69 71 70 69, Tom Gillis 69 69 71 70, Luke Donald (Eng) 67 72 70 70

280 Chris Kirk 63 70 75 72, Bill Haas 71 72 68 69, Matthew Every 71 68 68 73, Matt Kuchar 70 74 68 68

281 Hunter Mahan 68 72 70 71, J.B. Holmes 72 69 69 71, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 69 68 73 71

282 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 68 74 70 70, Bob Estes 71 69 73 69, Robert Garrigus 71 67 73 71, Kyle Stanley 70 70 71 71, Marc Leishman (Aus) 72 71 70 69

283 George McNeill 71 70 72 70, Zach Johnson 70 71 71 71, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 65 79 71, Ian Poulter (Eng) 67 71 75 70

284 Roberto Castro 72 72 69 71, Jimmy Walker 73 71 72 68, John Huh (Kor) 71 73 69 71, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 72 69 73 70, Johnson Wagner 70 71 69 74, Jason Day (Aus) 68 73 72 71

285 Bud Cauley 68 73 71 73, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 71 70 75 69

286 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 70 74 75 67

287 Brendon De Jonge 70 73 73 71, J J Henry 69 73 72 73, Josh Teater 71 71 71 74, Blake Adams 69 73 74 71

288 Sean O'Hair 70 74 69 75, Scott Piercy 72 70 73 73

289 Scott Stallings 70 73 74 72, Tommy Gainey 72 70 71 76, Mark Wilson 74 70 74 71

290 Kevin Na 69 75 73 73, Ted Potter, Jr. 69 68 72 81, Martin Flores 72 71 73 74, Daniel Summerhays 71 70 72 77, Harris English 70 73 73 74

291 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 74 70 75 72, Brian Harman 71 73 72 75, Rickie Fowler 71 72 72 76

292 Jonathan Byrd 72 72 73 75

296 Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 69 72 77 78