McIlroy wins in Boston

Updated: September 4, 2012

Rory McIlroy erased a 3 shot deficit in the first 5 holes to clinch the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

On a leaderboard packed with some of the biggest names in golf, McIlroy, Oosthuizen, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland took a giant leap toward establishing himself as the best in the game winning by a shot over Oosthuizen with Woods a further shot back.

McIlroy goes to No 1 in the FedEx Cup. And with one of his wins being the PGA Championship, that might be enough for his peers to vote him PGA Tour player of the year. He also has a comfortable gap in the world ranking, and could be tough to catch the rest of the year unless Woods were to win the next two FedEx Cup events. He has also joined Woods as the only men to have won 3 PGA Tour events this year.

Woods made an early charge to get back in the hunt, though he never got closer than three shots until a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th gave him a 66. He finished in third place, two shots behind, and earned enough money to become the first player to surpass $100 million in PGA Tour earnings.