RBC Canadian Open: Rory McIlroy shares lead with Tony Finau as he continues PGA Tour title defense | Golf News


McIlroy sits on 11 under alongside Finau as he chases a first PGA Tour win since winning the CJ Cup last October; Watch the final round live on Sunday from 3pm via the Red Button and the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel, before full coverage from 5pm

Last update: 06/11/22 11:23 p.m.

Rory McIlroy is looking for a first win of the year

Rory McIlroy bolstered his hopes of a successful defense of the RBC Canadian Open title after taking a lead on the final day in Ontario.

The 20-time PGA Tour winner, who claimed a seven-stroke victory in the 2019 contest before the last two editions were canceled due to Covid-19, mixed six birdies with a solitary bogey en route to a third round 65 at Saint-Georges Golf Club.

McIlroy is tied on 11 under with Tony Finau, who charged the leaderboard after briefly threatening a ’59 round’ on his way to a 62-day round, while defending PGA Champion Justin Thomas is back in tied third. with Sam Burns, Alex Smalley and overnight frontman Wyndham Clark.

Sam Burns currently sits second in the FedExCup standings

Sam Burns currently sits second in the FedExCup standings

“I played really well,” McIlroy said. Sky sports. “A hint of frustration that I didn’t get the putt in the end, but overall I played well. I drove the ball well, hit better corners today and made a few putts. All aspects of the game felt good and I just need to take that tomorrow.”

McIlroy drilled a 20ft on the fourth and rolled from 35ft for another birdie on the par five seventh, before calling off a bogey on the par three next to earn a two-putt gain on the par five ninth and reach the corner in 32.

The former world No. 1 responded to a missed birdie chance of five feet in the tenth by taking advantage of the next par-five and pulling his approach into the par-four 12th to tap, with a birdie at the par-five 15th on lifting in one part of the head.

McIlroy had a magnificent opportunity to take the solo lead when he hit his par-four approach last less than six feet from the flag, only to miss the birdie putt and leave it alongside Finau at 11 under. .

Finau had birdied on two of his first six holes before birdying 20ft on the eighth, before following an eagle from double the distance on the next as he started his back nine with successive birdies.

Tony Finau had an eagle, seven birdies and a solitary bogey in an impressive third round

Tony Finau had an eagle, seven birdies and a solitary bogey in an impressive third round

The American’s hopes of a sub-60 score were dashed when he failed to drive up and down from a greenside bunker to save par on the 12th, despite breaking through from the green on the 14th and drained a 25-footer on the last to book a final-round showdown with McIlroy.

Thomas nearly drilled for the Albatross in the par-5 14 on the way to a bogey-free 63, taking it to nine under, with Homa also within two of the lead as he chased a fourth win of the season over the PGA Tour.

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Matt Fitzpatrick dropped four on pace after dropping three shots on his last five holes and carded a level 70, with Shane Lowry five on pace after a second straight 69.

England trio Justin Rose, Aaron Rai and Matt Wallace are all in the four-under group, with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler another stroke back after retiring from the race with a 71 of 71.

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