By Jason Logan
We can’t be convinced that Deutsche Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy is all the way back based on one exceptionally good week with the putter. Who among us hasn’t putted the lights out after getting a quick tip and swapping models? But watch out if he continues to roll the ball as well as he did last week. Despite some low points, he’s always been the guy of the current generation who can do more tee to green than anyone else ×× What a move for David Hearn in Boston, finishing tied for eighth to advance to the third leg of the playoffs this week in Indianapolis. Hearn entered 2016 with some uncertainty due to the anchored putter ban and though he stumbled early on with five missed cuts in his first seven starts without the long wand, he’s been solid since with seven top-20 finishes. Timing is everything in the playoffs though, and Hearn coming up big when it counted should be huge for his confidence ×× As for the playoffs, the top five as it stands now are Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and Adam Scott. Yeah, I’d take those five guys having their fate in their own hands at the Tour Championship in Atlanta in two weeks ×× Before this season Syracuse, N.Y.’s Dan McCarthy, who turned pro in 2007, had one career top-three finish in 38 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada starts. In nine starts this year he has four wins and two other top 10s. Four wins in nine events. That’s a 44 per cent winning clip. Relatively speaking, there might not be another player in professional golf who has broken out as much as he has.