Rory McIlroy made a magnificent come back last weekend at the Canadian Open after missing the cut the week before at the Memorial Tournament.
The 30 year old was tied for the lead after the third round of the Canadian Open for the lowest round of the day – a six under par 64 to draw alongside Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar at the top of the leaderboard.
It was a bogey-free round for the world number four, three birdies on each nine seeing out his lowest round of the week.
Yesterday, the Holywood pro posted a nine-under-par round of 61 to finish seven shots clear of Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson who tied for second. McIlroy also broke the tournament record by five shots. McIlroy posted five birdies in the front nine of his final round – at the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh. He also birded another four on the trot from 11 to 14 but dropped a shot at the 16th. He picked up another shot on the 17th but finished his round with a bogey.
McIlroy spoke of his victory yesterday saying “I just got it going out of the gates. I wanted to be aggressive and I played with so much freedom over the weekend. It was one of those days I got it going, 59 was in my sights and I gave myself a chance at it. There were less technical thoughts and I was fully prepared to play. It all came together.”
Fellow Northern Ireland pro, Graeme McDowell also booked his ticket to play in the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush next month. He holed a 25-footer for par on the 18th for a final round 68 for 270, which left him as one of three players inside the top-10 not already exempt for the championship.
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