A final round of 62 allowed Rory McIlroy to retain his title and win the RBC Canadian Open ahead of Tony Finau (-17) and Justin Thomas (-15) thanks to a cumulative -19 at Royal St. George’s, Toronto.
McIlroy had triumphed in the last edition of the tournament in 2019. This is his 21st signinge Victory at the track, a second title this year after winning the CJ Cup.
” It’s amazing. To play with Tony and JT, two of the best players in the world. It’s a day I will remember for a long time. May 21e Victory on the track, one more than any other… that gives me extra motivation,” said McIlroy, referring to the 20 victories of Greg Norman, promoter of the new LIV series.
After a flawless front nine of 29, his best of his career, the Northern Irishman took control of the tournament. McIlroy then experienced a slump between the 13th ande and the 16e Hole with two bogeys which makes things a bit more complex towards the end of the tournament.
Thomas and McIlroy were neck and neck and had two holes to play, both at 17 under. McIlroy scored a birdie on the 17the hole and he took advantage of a bogey from Thomas to put up a two shot lead and race to victory.
Finau putted well after the birdie on the 72nd hole of the tournament to take second place alone with 17 under.
Moments later, McIlroy rolled a short putt to confirm his win and ignite a visibly energized crowd, a scene that didn’t go unnoticed by McIlroy.
“I think after COVID-19 I needed one reset to default. I’ve invested more in my game, I’ve realized what makes me happy… that’s what makes me happy,” McIlroy said, pointing to the cheering crowd behind him.
McIlroy and Finau went into the finals as leaders at 11 and their field was completed by Thomas.
Justin Rose had a phenomenal lap, posting a score of 60 to climb the overall standings. Rose missed a chance to break the 60 mark when he missed an 18-foot par putt on the 18th hole.
In addition, after 15 holes, Rose rested at minus 11, specifically author of three eagles. However, he committed two bogeys on the last three holes and escaped a round under 60. He still had a career-best round.
“I’ve never played 59 before, that would have ended the week on a high,” said Rose, who bogeyed on the 18th hole. I don’t know how much it was in my control or not. »
With a score of 62 in the final round, Canadian Corey Conners finished the tournament in 6th place, seven strokes behind the lead. Adam Svensson (-6) was 21st, Mackenzie Hughes (-4) and Nick Taylor (-4) were 28th, Adam Hadwin (-3) was 35th and Aaron Cockerill was 48th (NOT).