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Rory McIlroy I'm proud to be a winner again after Deutsche Bank Championship victory

By Steven Beacom

Rory McIlroy is setting his sights on Ryder Cup glory for Europe after achieving one of the most dramatic and satisfying victories of his career.

The 27-year-old from Holywood revealed how proud he was of his success, producing a stunning six-under-par 65 yesterday to finish on 15 under and claim the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, having trailed Englishman Paul Casey by six shots entering the final round.

Casey, who carded a two-over-par 73, finished two shots behind the inspired McIlroy, who lifted his first prize since winning the Irish Open in May.

Since then McIlroy has been out of sorts and out of the reckoning with his putting causing particular concern, but that changed as he enjoyed himself on the greens to secure his first victory on American soil for 15 months. And all this after being four over par after the first three holes of the tournament.

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The Ulsterman is now fourth in the FedEx Cup standings in America and keen to top them in the next couple of weeks for the first time before hoping to be a talisman for European Ryder Cup captain and compatriot Darren Clarke.

"From three holes in at four over par there were a lot of things going through my mind, and one of them was not winning this tournament," said McIlroy, who took home $1.5m as well as the trophy.

"So 69 holes later - I played some great golf and holed some great putts. I'm just really proud of myself, how I hung in there on the first day and then got some momentum on Saturday. Then I just went with it.

"It's nice to get that first win in the States this year and hopefully I can take this momentum into the next couple of weeks and ultimately the Ryder Cup. I really want to help Europe make it four wins in a row."

McIlroy, cheered on by fiancée Erica Stoll, will play the BMW Championship in Indiana on Thursday and in this form will believe he can win his 22nd title as a professional.

With no Major victory, 2016 has been frustrating for McIlroy, but he is now finishing the year on a high.

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