Rory McIlroy left Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to defend the Canadian Open title | Golf News – NewsRaiser


Rory McIlroy successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title

Rory McIlroy struggled in the final round with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to successfully defend his title after an outstanding finish at the RBC Canadian Open.

McIlroy spent eight of his first 12 holes and then squandered a three-shot advantage on Sunday with a low score at Royal George’s Golf and Country Club to finish strong and secure his 21st PGA Tour title.

The former world number one spent his last two holes to close a brilliant eight to 62 and end the week at 19-under, which was enough to give McIlroy his second win of the season and ensure he successfully defended his title. for the first time in his career on the PGA Tour.

Finau finished the last 64 rounds and finished two shots in second place, ahead of Thomas, who briefly shared the lead in the back nine, while Justin Rose earned fourth place with Sam Burns after threatening the history of the PGA Tour in his last round 60..

McIlroy started the day with an equal advantage, but initially came out ahead with a 25-foot bird, but Finau responded by drilling 20 feet in the next to join the Northern Irishman by 12 fewer.

Finau had to settle for second place after a match of 6-84 years on Sunday

Finau had to settle for second place after a match of 6-84 years on Sunday

A brilliant approach to fourth set McIlroy on a four-foot bird, while Finau caught a shot from the same distance the next before McIlroy came forward with a magnificent bird jump closer to the sixth green.

McIlroy doubled his advantage when he scored a corner to enter the range in the seventh, but Windham Clark, who played in the group at the beginning, took advantage of the five ninth to capture the fifth bird of the day and reduce the gap to a.

Rory McIlroy leads in second place in Canadian Open

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Rory McIlroy leads in second place in Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy leads in second place in Canadian Open

Thomas ran in four birds from sixth to 14th, while Finau tied the PGA champion’s birds in ninth and joined Clark in a three-way draw for second as McIlroy rose and fell from a bunker at the edge of the field to make a shot in the same pit. and reach the turn two in front.

McIlroy broke away from the eagle that inserted the field from a thick bump on the 10th, which could be thrown at a nominal four, and the bird raised it to 17 less, although Thomas punched 10 feet to continue his bird series to keep the gap level. two.

Rory McIlroy was a few inches away from the tournament

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Rory McIlroy was a few inches away from the Eagle 10 tournament as he led the Canadian Open final.

Rory McIlroy was a few inches away from the Eagle 10 tournament as he led the Canadian Open final.

The 40-foot bird on the 12th was sixth in seven holes so McIlroy briefly moved him three forwards with six left, but missed three feet on the third denomination next and saw his advantage diminish again to one when Thomas scored the 14th. him.

McIlroy missed a chance on a short-range bird on the 15th and couldn’t get up and down the green bunker to save steam on the 16th, where Thomas scored a three-pointer to take the lead, only a four-time winner responded with a short-range bird on the next par-4.

Thomas lost to the 17th to give McIlroy two strokes, moving on to a pair of fours, where he again demonstrated his much improved cornering to launch his four-foot approach and ride the bird that won the game.

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