McIlroy back in the US winner’s circle as Hend And Fowler go close in Europe: Weekend Roundup

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Rory McIlroy BO 2014

RORY MCILROY seemingly surged home from nowhere to win the second FedEx Cup playoff event, Scott Hend was runner up in Switzerland while Peter Fowler continued his run on the European Senior Tour.

McIlroy reckons he’s found something new with his putting and stormed home at the TPC Boston with a 6-under 65 to beat 54 hole leader Paul Casey by two strokes to take the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The 27 year old hadn’t won for almost two years and things didn’t look like changing when he started the first round with four over in his first three holes.

“If you had have said to me after three holes on Friday that I would be sitting up here addressing you guys as the winner of this tournament I would have told you to go somewhere,” the Northern Irishman said. “It has been a great lesson to me not to get down on myself and stay patient.

“After those three holes on Friday there were plenty of thoughts going through my head and none of them involved sitting beside a trophy at the end of the week. But 19 under par over the next 69 holes – I am very proud of myself.

McIlroy has a new putter and a new putting coach and said a minor adjustment to his grip he discovered on the practice green over the weekend seems to have made a big difference.

Also surging home on the Monday (US) finishing event was Adam Scott (65), who fired six back nine birdies to finish outright fourth on 11-under, four behind the winner.

Jason Day (67) had a better weekend after he received a big personal shock earlier when his wife and children were involved in a bus accident. Day was able to get his mind back on the job and finished tied 15th.

Going into the third FedEx Cup playoff event this week, the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, Day retains second spot in the rankings, Scott is fifth after McIlroy moved to fourth, and Aaron Baddeley and Marc Leishman are also still alive.

Baddeley finished T67 in Boston to be 67th in the FedEx rankings while Leishman just scraped into 70th spot as the final qualifier for this week.

“It’s nice to play well when you have to (because) I really didn’t want to miss the BMW two years in a row,” said Leishman, who closed with a fighting 67 to finish T46.

“Last year, obviously with everything that went on, a rest was not the worst thing for me.

“But this year I feel like I’m playing well and hopefully (I can) have a good week next week and see where it can get us as far as Atlanta (Tour Championship goes.”

 

Scott Hend 595

 

Meanwhile, Scott Hend came within a whisker of his first European Tour victory on European soil when he lost a sudden death playoff with Sweden’s Alex Noren at the European Masters in Switzerland.

Hend led the tournament at stages of the event at the spectacular Crans sur Sierre alpine course and fought back from a couple of strokes behind coming down the stretch on the final day to equal Noren on the 17th.

They were all square in regulation after Hend scrambled par on the 18th after a dodgy tee shot.

Going into a playoff the normally big hitting Hend didn’t do himself any favours once again with another less than spectacular effort off the tee while his opponent once again drilled it down the middle.

“You can’t complain when you get into position to win but somebody makes a great birdie on the play-off hole to win,” said Hend, who has two tour wins this season at Asian Tour co-sponsored events.

“I think Alex played the 18th hole way better than I did and made an awesome birdie for a deserving win.”

Peter Fowler putting 595

ON the European Senior Tour Peter Fowler continued his top form with his third top-5 finish in his last six starts.

The 56 year old finished tied fourth at the Travis Perkins Masters in England after rounds of 72-68-73.

Fowler finish five shots behind eventual winner Andre Bossert of Switzerland who claimed his debut senior tour title.

Peter O’Malley also continued the love with back to back top ten results, finishing 1-over-par and with scores of 69-74-74.

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