Third Round at the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship

The PGA TOUR has been making a stop at the TPC Boston course in Norton Mass for 14 years, and in that time I have observed some pretty remarkable golf shots. But I don’t recall seeing anything like the two approach shots to the 514 yard par 5 18th hole.

Rory McILROY was teamed with Harris English in the third round of the Deutsche Bank. When they stepped onto the 18th tee the wind was  in their face and it was gusting at 20 mph. English hit his tee shot 285 yards , leaving him about 220 yards to the front of the green. The front of the green is guarded by an extensive waste area and surrounded by deep sand bunkers.  English hit a low boring shot into the wind that not only made the green but settled a mere 1 foot 10 inches from the cup.

McILROY had crushed a drive of 305 yards and had 210 yards to the pin. Rory pulled a 4 iron from his bag but seemed a little hesitant as the wind picked up just prior to the start of his swing.

“I actually backed off it twice,” said Rory. “It was 212 yards to the pin back into the wind and I just hit a perfect 4-iron. I saw Harris obviously got it in there close. I actually thought it hit the pin, but it caught the left edge.” I hit a 4-iron as good as I could and buttoned it. It looked good for a while and Harris gave me something to aim at.”  It was the perfect shot coming to rest 2 feet 10 inches from the cup. The pair of eagles was a good finish especially for McILROY who finished the day at 9 under PAR.

McILROY is trying to win his second Deutsche Bank trophy and started hot with 5 birdies on the front nine. He seemed to be cruising but stumbled on the par-4 12th hole when he pushed his second shot left of the green and into a pond. He was forced to drop and had to settle for a double-bogey-6.

But a birdie at 15 and a spectacular eagle on 18 put him back into contention.

Rory will start 5 strokes back of Paul Casey but going into the FedExCup and the Ryder Cup, McILROY’s eagle on 18 should keep his spirits flying high.