Rory McIlroy wins the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Rory McIlroy’s new putting coach must be feeling pretty good this Labour Day. Rory, who was 130th in putting going into this event, just hired Phil Kenyon to help him with the worst part of his game.
The 42-year-old English coach, who has Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen on his books, has helped Rory achieve a valuable win. Rory seems to have swallowed some pride in the last few weeks and it’s paid off with the putter:
“I feel like [Phil is] obviously the way to go for me right now and we’ll see how it goes and work hard at it and hopefully I start to see little improvements each and every week.”
That’s why his form this week has been so amazing. His earlier prediction seems redundant now he’s won his first PGA Tour event in 420 days.
“If I can be really comfortable with my putting going to Augusta next April, that’s my timeline, so that’s a seven‑ or eight‑month period where I can sort of try to get it right.”
Well luckily for him it’s all come together. We should have known things were getting tasty after that near-albatross yesterday.
Rory followed up his five-under front nine with one more birdie on the way home. A great result that could change his fortunes as we approach the final two events. To finish 3rd in putting really highlights the benefit of bringing on Kenyon.
5 birdies. 0 bogeys.
Rory McIlroy opened with a 31 today. https://t.co/DYfsdbWEj9
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 5, 2016
Rory is now 4th in the FedExCup standings and just like that his season has been transformed. A reduced field of 70 players now make the journey to Indianapolis for the BMW Championship. From there they will head to Atlanta, where one of thirty players will be crowned the FedExCup Champion at the Tour Championship.