Rory McIlroy hopes to maintain putting form for Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Tour title for 16 months at the Deutsche Bank Championship
Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Tour title for 16 months at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hopes his putting form is returning in time for the Ryder Cup after his stunning win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The 27-year-old overturned a six-shot deficit on the final day at TPC Boston to win by two strokes from Paul Casey.

McIlroy, back up to third in the world rankings, was particularly pleased with the improvements in his putting.

"I knew my game was in good shape, I just needed to do something with the putting. I found something," he said.

The four-time major winner will aim to maintain the momentum through the remainder of the FedEx Cup play-offs and on to the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine later this month.

"I am excited with how my game is and what I have found this week, and hopefully I can keep it going for the next couple of tournaments, but ultimately into the Ryder Cup and trying to get a fourth one of those," he added.

McIlroy will hope history can repeat itself. After winning the same event four years ago he went on to win the BMW Championship the following week.

He said: "I'm excited to get back to Crooked Stick.

"It's funny, four years on, and I win here and going back to Indy where I have great memories from four years ago.

"Once the majors were over with for me, I set my goals as FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai.

"Obviously the Ryder Cup is there as well but, individually, FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai, were the two things that I really wanted to focus in on, and this has given me a real shot at trying to win that FedEx Cup for the first time."

The top 70 players in the standings now go forward to the BMW Championship.

The top 30 after that event will then make up the field for the series-ending Tour Championship.

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