Thursday, 14 November, 2019

McIlroy flirts with 59, wins RBC Canadian Open

Matt Kuchar co-leads entering the weekend at RBC Canadian Open	
				Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Matt Kuchar co-leads entering the weekend at RBC Canadian Open Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Shannon Reynolds | 10 June, 2019, 10:39

Rory McIlroy ran away with the Canadian Open, closing with a 9-under 61 on Sunday for a 7-shot victory.

McIlroy carded a stellar nine-under-par 61 in the final round at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, matching his career-best score on the PGA Tour.

It was a good day for Northern Ireland golfers as Graeme McDowell also secured his spot at The Open Championship at his home town of Portrush.

McDowell needed to finish in the top 10, and a tournament score of 10 under par saw him finish tied eighth overall alongside Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson. It's his second victory of the year-he won the Players Championship in March-and quite the statement ahead of the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at Pebble Beach. But going forward for this season, to play the way I did in a final round like this, I'm going to take a lot from this. It's also the sixth national open he has won, joining the U.S. Open, British Open, Hong Kong Open, Australian Open and Irish Open.

On top of the US (2011) and British (2014) Opens, McIlroy has also won the Australian (2013) and Irish Opens (2016).

"I think the times when it's a guess this week I've guessed correctly", Simpson said.

"It was nearly as if I was playing an eight-round tournament, and that's how I feel here". Marina Alex, who is from Wayne, N.J., posted the low round of the day - a 66 - and was part of a group of four 136.

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Only eight players have shot 59 on the US PGA Tour - Al Geiberger was the first in 1977, while Justin Thomas and Adam Hadwin achieved the feat in 2017.

That magical number seemed to be out of reach after McIlroy made his first bogey of the day at 16, but he responded with a three-perfect-shot eagle on the par-5 17th to get to nine under on the day.

"It give me so much confidence", McIlroy told CBS after the round.

"When I birdied 13 my goal went from winning the golf tournament to shooting something in the 50s".

A birdie at the 18th would have given him a round of 59 but he bogeyed after finding a greenside bunker.

"Just looking at some of the names, even on just this side of the trophy, Sam Snead, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tigers Woods, Nick Price, some of the greats of the game have won this trophy", said McIlroy.

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