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Rory McIlroy retains Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to defend Canadian Open title | Golf News


McIlroy heads to US Open after winning second RBC Canadian Open and securing 21st PGA Tour title; England’s Justin Rose finishes tied for fourth after earning an under-60 card on a birdie-heavy Sunday

Last update: 06/12/22 11:18 p.m.

Rory McIlroy successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title

Rory McIlroy rode through a final-round tussle with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to successfully defend his title after a standout finish at the RBC Canadian Open.

McIlroy birdied eight of his first 12 holes and then squandered a three-shot lead on a low-scoring Sunday at Royal George’s Golf and Country Club to finish strong and record his 21st PGA Tour title.

The former world No. 1 birdied his final two holes to close out a brilliant eight-under 62 and end the week on 19-under, which was enough to give McIlroy a second win of the season and ensure that he successfully defended a title for the first time in his career on the PGA Tour.

Finau closed out a final lap 64 to finish two shots in second ahead of Thomas, who briefly shared the lead on the back nine, while Justin Rose earned a share of fourth alongside Sam Burns after threatening history of the PGA Tour on his last round 60.

McIlroy started the day tied for the lead but got ahead with a 25-foot birdie at first, only for Finau to respond by drilling 20 feet at the next to join the Northern Irishman on 12 under.

Finau had to settle for second place after a six-under 64 on Sunday

Finau had to settle for second place after a six-under 64 on Sunday

A brilliant approach to the fourth set up a four-foot birdie for McIlroy, while Finau caught a shot from a similar distance on the next, before McIlroy came forward with a delightful birdie chip-in just wide of the sixth green.

McIlroy doubled his advantage when he kicked a corner to tap into the range in the seventh, but Wyndham Clark – playing in the front group – took advantage of the par-five ninth to record a fifth birdie of the day and close the gap to a.

Rory McIlroy takes the lead as he seeks a second Canadian Open title

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Rory McIlroy takes the lead as he seeks a second Canadian Open title

Rory McIlroy takes the lead as he seeks a second Canadian Open title

Thomas made a four-birdie run from sixth to 14 under, while Finau tied the PGA Champion’s birdies in ninth to join Clark in a three-way tie for second, as McIlroy went up and down from a bunker at the edge of the green to take a shot on the same hole and reach turn two in front.

McIlroy pulled away from a pitch-in eagle from a thick rough at the par-four rollable 10th, with the kick birdie leading him to 17 under, although Thomas drilled 10 feet to continue his streak birdie to keep the gap at two.

Rory McIlroy comes inches from participating in an eagle on 10 as he leads the pack in final round of Canadian Open

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Rory McIlroy comes inches from participating in an eagle on 10 as he leads the pack in final round of Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy comes inches from participating in an eagle on 10 as he leads the pack in final round of Canadian Open

A 40-foot birdie on the 12th was sixth in seven holes for McIlroy to briefly move him three ahead with six remaining, only to miss three feet at the par-three next and see his lead reduced to one again when Thomas birdied the 14th.

McIlroy missed a birdie chance from close range on the 15th and failed to get up and down the greenside bunker to save par on the 16th, where Thomas scrambled a three to take a share of the lead, only to the four-time winner to respond with a close-range birdie at the next par-four.

Rory McIlroy closes in on Canadian Open title with birdie in 17th

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Rory McIlroy closes in on Canadian Open title with birdie in 17th

Rory McIlroy closes in on Canadian Open title with birdie in 17th

Thomas bogeyed the 17th to give McIlroy a two-shot cushion going to the par-four last, where he again showcased his much-improved corner play to launch his four-foot approach and roll in a game-winning birdie.

Finau birdied six on a bogeyless final day, going from 40 feet to last to end the week on 17 under, while Thomas finished four shots in third after also bogeying his final hole.

Rose carded three eagles and seven birdies on a special Sunday, although three bogeys let him settle for a 10-under-60 and saw him fall just short of carding only the 13th-round under-60 on the PGA Tour. Burns also claimed a share of fourth after a second consecutive 65.

Rory McIlroy retains Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to defend Canadian Open title | Golf News

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