Although it took the Northern Irishman a little time to get up to speed this year, his two-stroke victory on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship had the feel of a sequel.
McIlroy won the Boston-area event in 2012, the last time the matches were played in the United States, and followed that with a victory the following week at the BMW Championship, which like this year was played at Crooked Stick in Indiana. Oh, and he also helped lead the Europeans to victory in the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
“It's funny, four years on, and I win here, and going back to Indy where I have great memories from four years ago,” said McIlroy, who rallied from six shots back on Monday with a final-round 65. “I remember a lot about that week and I just had positive vibes going in there.”
The victory also gives McIlroy another chance to claim the season-long FedEx Cup race. In ’12, he began the Tour Championship first on the points list, but lost the cup to Brandt Snedeker, who won the finale at East Lake.
McIlroy's victory on Monday at TPC Boston moved him to fourth on the points list.