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Rory McIlroy digs Greg Norman after Canadian Open win

Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Canadian Open.
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Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Canadian Open.
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TORONTO — Rory McIlroy won the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday and gave the PGA Tour areas of strength for a to the beginning of the Saudi-subsidized LIV Golf Invitational, shutting with a 8-under 62 to come out on top in a wild rush to the get done with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau.

McIlroy had his most memorable title guard on the PGA Tour, regardless of whether he needed to hang tight for it. He won golf’s fourth-most established public open in 2019 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, just for the COVID-19 pandemic to drop the following two versions.

Thomas pushed him as far as possible at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, and the competition actually finished on the seventeenth opening. McIlroy and Thomas were tied and in the harsh. McIlroy hit a wedge that carried out to tap-in range, while Thomas missed a 10-foot standard putt, a two-shot swing. Thomas shut with a couple of intruder yet shot 64.

McIlroy completed at 19-under 261 for a two-stroke triumph.

“I feel like it’s getting increasingly tough to win on the PGA Tour,” McIlroy said. “Simply take a gander at the two people that I played with today. I went out with a lead and needed to shoot 8-under standard to take care of business. So the profundity of ability on this visit is extremely noteworthy. Also, going toward folks like J.T. what’s more, Tony and beating the competition, that is something to feel much better about.”
Finau holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the eighteenth for a 64 to complete second alone.

“Rory played perfect,” Finau said. “He shut it out and cap’s set for him on seven days like this. That is phenomenal playing toward the end of the week. I played perfect, he just several shots better.”
Thomas was third at 14 under. Justin Rose coordinated the competition and course-record with a 60 — with three hawks and three intruder — to tie for fourth with Sam Burns (65) at 14 under.

Seven days before the U.S. Open, the Canadian group was huge having been kept away starting around 2019, and thousands encompassed the eighteenth green as the trio of McIlroy, Thomas and Finau wrapped up.

“It was truly cool to be a piece of and super glad to get the success today and clearly sets me up well going into the following week in Boston,” McIlroy said. “Be that as it may, at the present time I simply need to partake in this and spotlight on this.”

McIlroy has been probably the most grounded adversary of the LIV Golf series and stood in opposition to the cash being paid to players like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Greg Norman, who runs the LIV Golf, said in a story in the Washington Post that McIlroy had been “conditioned” by the PGA Tour.

Greg Norman speaks at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational.

Greg Norman speaks at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational.
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McIlroy won for the second time this season, adding to his October win in Las Vegas in the CJ Cup. He won for the 21st time on the PGA Tour.

“This is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time,“

McIlroy said soon after the victory.

“Twenty-one PGA Tour wins, one more than somebody else.”

It was a dig at Norman, who had 20 career tour wins.

McIlory repeated the jab later in the his main interview session when his victory total and accomplishments were noted in his introduction, saying:

“And one more than Norman.”

“I had extra motivation of what’s going on across the pond,”

McIlroy said.

“The guy that’s spearheading that tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I was tied with him and I wanted to get one ahead of him. And I did. So, that was really cool for me, just a little sense of pride on that one.”

Rose was 11 under with three holes to play. He bogeyed the 16th, hit to 2 feet on 17 for birdie, then went over the green on 18 and missed an 18-foot par putt. Carl Pettersson also shot 60 at St. George’s in his 2010 victory.

“I’m totally disappointed, because you know what’s at stake, for sure,” Rose said. “I never shot 59 before, so it would have been a lovely footnote on the week.”

Rory McIlroy tees off on the 16th hole.
Rory McIlroy tees off on the 16th hole.
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He regretted hitting an 8-iron instead of a 9-iron on 18 with 159 yards to the pin.

“I don’t know how much was in my control or not, but we were right in between two clubs and I went the wrong way on a decision and paid the price for it,”

he said.

Corey Conners was the top Canadian, shooting a 62 to finish sixth at 12 under.

“Felt like the last few days I played really solidly,”

Conners said.

“Just last few weeks even, just hadn’t maximized the game, hadn’t got as much out of the game as I wanted. Definitely, nice to have low round today. Played really well. Definitely, felt it coming.”

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