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McIlroy takes Deutsche Bank, No. 1 FedExCup spot

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By Brody Franzen

GolfWRX Contributor

In the wake of his second major victory at the PGA Championship just weeks ago, Rory McIlroy was able to hold off the field at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston to secure his fifth PGA Tour win.  The Labor Day finish in Boston proved to be one of the most exciting shootouts of the year, as McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen competed in an intense duel for the victory. McIlroy, who started the fourth round three strokes behind Oosthuizen, shot a four-under 67, winning by a one-shot margin.

With both the BMW Championship and the announcement of U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III’s Captain’s Picks looming over the heads of the players, Monday proved to be a day of high octane and low numbers. Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan, both on the supposed “bubble” of the Ryder Cup roster, shot 70 and 71 respectively, with Furyk finishing the higher of the two at T13.

Also trying to solidify their chances of being picked by DL3 were Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, both finishing inside the top 10, 14-under and 13-under, respectively. Both are suspected to be announced on Tuesday as members of the team, not only because of their top FedExCup rankings, but also because of the assets that they would provide for the team at Medinah– Johnson’s distance and Snedeker’s precision on the greens.

Throughout the course of the final rounds, McIlroy himself showed a level of ultimate precision and focus, reminiscent of a younger Tiger Woods. Woods, who like McIlroy started the final round chasing Oosthuizen, had a goal in mind to mount a strong charge early in hopes of creeping up on the leaders. Although he completed the turn with a commanding 32, Tiger was unable to convert as many birdie opportunities on the back nine, finishing with an 34.  Placing solo third at 18-under, Tiger was unable to find victory, but still carded his best total performance since the 2009 BMW Championship, (64-68-68-66) showing a strong upward trend of improvement.

Up until the last few holes on the back nine, the field was essentially unable to catch Rory, as he was pin-hunting with almost robotic fashion. Describing one of McIlroy’s laser-like approaches that sat down just feet from the hole, broadcaster Johnny Miller quipped, [his approach shots fall at pins] “like hacky-sacks.”

As he made his way to the 18th Tee, McIlroy found himself only one ahead of Oosthuizen, after both made careless bogies on the No. 17.  On the green of the newly redesigned 18th hole, Oosthuizen barely missed a downhill birdie putt from 12 feet away that would have forced a playoff with McIlroy.

After initially saying that it was not the way he planned to win, McIlroy later said in his press conference that, “At the end of the day you just want your name to finish on the top of that list, and it doesn’t matter whoever it is below you.” Oosthuizen, although experiencing such a heartbreaking loss, said, “All in all, I’m very happy with the week. There’s two more big events left, and I’m very happy with the way I’m hitting the ball going into those tournaments.”

Not just for Louis and Rory, but for the rest of the Top 70 players in the FedEx Cup Rankings as well, this week was a precursor for things soon to come, as the FedExCup kicks into high gear.

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Brody has proudly been with GolfWRX since July 2012. He is a full time student, but enjoys getting around to writing whenever he has the chance. His interests include Tour coverage, equipment reviews, as well as interviewing figures from within the golf world. Most recently, he spoke with the founder of AimPoint Technologies and coach of Adam Scott and Stacy Lewis, Mark Sweeney.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods on Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf

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Tiger Woods just appeared in a Bridgestone Golf Facebook Live video. While the audio isn’t the greatest (sounds like there’s some mowers rolling by), we’ve got to pass it along.

Check out the video below.

Woods initially discusses his wedges, before moving on to sharing some insights about how he hits his patented stinger–covering the ball, starting it farther right, and keeping his follow through short.

On his ball, the Bridgestone Tour B XS, which he presents as a softer ball well-suited to his swing, Woods says

“I need spin. I don’t spin the ball a lot. My swing has never produced a lot of spin. I’ve always been able to take spin off the golf ball–I grew up in an era where we played balata. What separated a lot of guys was the ability to take spin off the golf ball…to keep it below the tree line. There was a lot more movement in the golf ball.”

“My swing has naturally evolved. I’ve had different swings throughout the years, but each swing didn’t spin the ball a lot. So, when I get up to my long irons with a harder ball that most people would launch…I don’t. It falls out of the sky because it has so little spin.”

Woods mentioned that he hasn’t played Shinnecock since the course’s pre-U.S. Open makeover, but that he expects the course will be particularly difficult: an old-school U.S. Open with minimal graduated rough where it will be difficult to shoot under par.

Responding to comments, Woods sings Hazeltine’s praises and mentions he’d love to be able to wear shorts during PGA Tour events

“We play some of the hottest places on the planets and it would be nice to wear shorts…even with my little chicken legs,” Woods says.

Woods tells amateurs looking for more spin around the greens that they need a soft golf ball, mentioning that solid contact, maintaining loft, and allowing to club to do its job are key. Woods mentions that he has “a couple extra shots around the greens” thanks to the softness of his golf ball.”

We’ll next see the 14-time major champion in action at next week’s Memorial Tournament (which he discusses to wrap up the video).

 

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Fort Worth Invitational

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

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