Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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McIlroy captures Canadian Open with career-tying 61

McIlroy captures Canadian Open with career-tying 61

Looking to get up and down in two, McDowell made life very hard for himself as he found himself 40 feet above the hole, staring a bogey in the face.

McIlroy made four straight birdies on the back nine, starting at the par-four 11th, to put himself in contention to become just the sixth player in history to win a tournament with closing score of 59.

"It was really cool to be there and be a part of and experience", said McIlroy. Four of the top six in the world here this week.

"Once I realised that was probably not going to be an option, it was a case of getting my head down and playing some golf".

Elsewhere, there was also a remarkable finish from Graham McDowell who sank a monster putt on the final hole to secure his place in the Open Championship which this year is being held in his home course at Royal Portrush. "I realize these days don't happen very often", said Snedeker, who carded a 59 at the Wyndham Championship in August. But if I've learned anything this week it's my game is good enough and swing is good enough that I can play with freedom.

"If I made a couple extra birdies on the back nine on Friday I would've made the cut and could have produced a weekend like this and won the tournament".

It's fair to say that McIlroy is embarrassed by his three failures in a row at the US Open.

Next up on the PGA Tour is the U.S. Open, Thursday through Sunday, at famed Pebble Beach. "I think it proves a lot to not only us as players, but the golfing fans across the country that there is a bunch of us out here and we're here to stay". Last time I had a putt for 59 was at the Bear's Club where I play in Florida, I think it was the week before the Masters in maybe 2016. "I putted really well".

"It's going to be a very special week at the Open Championship, obviously in my home town of Portrush, so I'm obviously ecstatic to be in the field". "I think my game is in a good spot". He's the first, however, to do so on a course other than Kapalua.

He rated the win his best since the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina and noted he had also won the week before the 2014 PGA Championship, his most recent Major victory, so hoped to repeat that experience next week. He ranked 1st in Strokes Gained: Putting (+9.069) and Scrambling (18 of 21).

The big mover at the RBC Canadian Open was exactly who you would expect, with victor Rory McIlroy moving into second position just 120 points behind Matt Kuchar (70, T4).

The four-time major victor McIlroy was part of a strong field at the Canadian Open, which this year serves as the final tune up before the US Open.

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