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Rory McIlroy outlasted Louis Oosthuizen to capture the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship.


Mondays). He made four birdies in the first six holes but then hit just one fairway over the final five holes. Only some clutch putts down the stretch kept him afloat and, as it turned out, he had to wait and see if Louis Oosthuizen could make a birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff. He couldn’t and McIlroy’s magical season continued. “I had a couple of wobbles coming in, but I obviously did enough and I’m very excited to get a victory,” said McIlroy, whose 67 gave him the victory that tied him with Tiger Woods for the most win in the season (3). “Three is a great number,” McIlroy said.


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“I’d like to make it four—or five—after the FedExCup.”


The victory vaulted him to the top of the FedExCup points list and solidified his position at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. It also gave him the inside track in the player voting for the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as the TOUR’s Player of the Year. “He’s not No. 1 in the world for nothing,”


said Oosthuizen. “He’s a great young talent, a lot of majors left for him to win. He’s such a cool kid on the course. It’s great playing with him. He makes tough shots look really simple sometimes, especially long irons. I don’t think


How Was It Won? A look at Rory McIlroy’s statistics through the Deutsche Bank Championship shows why he was such a dominant force in 2012. Here are some numbers: n He was first in Scoring Average (68.869). n He was first in Birdie Average (4.22). n He was first in Par Breakers (24.15). n He ranked fourth in the All-Around category (297). n He was sixth in Driving Distance (310 yards).


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