TORONTO — Rory McIlroy received the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday and gave the PGA Tour a robust response to the beginning of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational, closing with an 8-under 62 to win a wild race to the end with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau.
McIlroy had his first title protection on the PGA Tour, even when he needed to look ahead to it. He received golf’s fourth-oldest nationwide open in 2019 at Hamilton Golf & Nation Membership, just for the the COVID-19 pandemic to cancel the subsequent two editions.
Thomas pushed him to the top at St. George’s Golf & Nation Membership, and the event successfully ended on the seventeenth gap. McIlroy and Thomas had been tied and within the tough. McIlroy hit a wedge that rolled out to tap-in vary, whereas Thomas missed a 10-foot par putt, a two-shot swing. Thomas closed with a pair of bogeys and nonetheless shot 64.
McIlroy completed at 19-under 261 for a two-stroke victory.
“I really feel prefer it’s getting more durable and more durable to win on the PGA Tour,” McIlroy stated. “Simply have a look at the 2 guys that I performed with at the moment. I went out with a lead and needed to shoot 8-under par to get the job finished. So the depth of expertise on this tour is actually, actually spectacular. And going up towards guys like J.T. and Tony and popping out on high, that’s one thing to really feel actually good about.”
Rory McIlroy celebrates after successful the Canadian Open. AP
Finau holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 64 to complete second alone.
“Rory performed nice,” Finau stated. “He closed it out and hat’s off to him on per week like this. That’s implausible taking part in on the weekend. I performed nice, he simply performed a pair photographs higher.”
Thomas was third at 14 beneath. Justin Rose matched the tournament- and course-record with a 60 — with three eagles and three bogeys — to tie for fourth with Sam Burns (65) at 14 beneath.
Every week earlier than the U.S. Open, the Canadian crowd was monumental having been stored away since 2019, and hundreds surrounded the 18th inexperienced because the threesome of McIlroy, Thomas and Finau completed.
“It was actually cool to be part of and simply actually blissful to get the win at the moment and clearly units me up properly going into subsequent week in Boston,” McIlroy stated. “However proper now I simply wish to get pleasure from this and give attention to this.”
McIlroy has been one of many strongest opponents of the LIV Golf collection and spoke out towards the cash being paid to gamers like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Greg Norman, who runs the LIV Golf, stated in a narrative within the Washington Submit that McIlroy had been “brainwashed” by the PGA Tour.
Greg Norman speaks on the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational.Getty Pictures
McIlroy received for the second time this season, including to his October win in Las Vegas within the CJ Cup. He received for the twenty first time on the PGA Tour.
“It is a day I’ll keep in mind for a protracted, very long time,“ McIlroy stated quickly after the victory. “Twenty-one PGA Tour wins, yet one more than any person else.”
It was a dig at Norman, who had 20 profession tour wins.
McIlory repeated the jab later within the his foremost interview session when his victory whole and accomplishments had been famous in his introduction, saying: “And yet one more than Norman.”
“I had additional motivation of what’s happening throughout the pond,” McIlroy stated. “The man that’s spearheading that tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I used to be tied with him and I needed to get one forward of him. And I did. So, that was actually cool for me, just a bit sense of delight on that one.”
Rose was 11 beneath with three holes to play. He bogeyed the sixteenth, hit to 2 ft on 17 for birdie, then went over the inexperienced on 18 and missed an 18-foot par putt. Carl Pettersson additionally shot 60 at St. George’s in his 2010 victory.
“I’m completely upset, as a result of you realize what’s at stake, for positive,” Rose stated. “I by no means shot 59 earlier than, so it will have been a beautiful footnote on the week.”
Rory McIlroy tees off on the sixteenth gap. USA TODAY Sports activities
He regretted hitting an 8-iron as an alternative of a 9-iron on 18 with 159 yards to the pin.
“I don’t understand how a lot was in my management or not, however we had been proper in between two golf equipment and I went the flawed means on a choice and paid the worth for it,” he stated.
Corey Conners was the highest Canadian, capturing a 62 to complete sixth at 12 beneath.
“Felt like the previous couple of days I performed actually solidly,” Conners stated. “Simply previous few weeks even, simply hadn’t maximized the sport, hadn’t received as a lot out of the sport as I needed. Undoubtedly, good to have low spherical at the moment. Performed very well. Undoubtedly, felt it coming.”