Rory McIlroy finished at the age of 19 under Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to win the Canadian Open

TORONTO – Rory McIlroy won the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, closing in with an 8-under 62 lead to win a wild race to the finish with Justin Thomas and Tony Fino.

McIlroy had his first PGA Tour title defense, even if he had to wait. The fourth oldest golf course in 2019 won the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, only the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the next two editions.

Thomas pushed him to the finish at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, and the tournament effectively ended on the 17th hole. McIlroy and Thomas have been linked. McIlroy hit a wedge that slammed into the clicking range, while Thomas missed a 10-foot shot, swinging two shots. Thomas closed in with a pair of stealth and still shot the 64.

McIlroy finished 19th under 261 to claim a two-stroke victory.

“I feel like winning the PGA Tour is getting tougher and tougher,” McIlroy said. “Just look at the two guys I played with today. I went out by eight goals and had to shoot on equal terms to get the job done. So the depth of talent in this round is really impressive. Against guys like JT and Tony and coming out on top, that’s something that feels really good.” .

Finau drilled a 40-foot flying hit in the 18th for 64 to finish second on his own.

“Rory played great,” Fino said. “He closed it and stood in front of him in a week like this. That’s great weekend play. I played great, he played several better shots.”

Thomas was third at 14 under. Justin Rose tied the championship—and scored the course with 60—with three Eagles and three Ghosts—to tie for fourth with Sam Burns (65) at 14-under.

A week before the US Open, the Canadian crowd was massive after being kept out since 2019, and thousands surrounded the 18th green as the trio of McIlroy, Thomas and Venau finished.

“It was really cool to be a part of this win and really happy to take the win today, obviously he’s going to have me very well next week in Boston,” McIlroy said. “But now I just want to enjoy this and focus on this.”

McIlroy won for the second time this season, adding to his October victory in Las Vegas in the CJ Cup. Won for the 21st time on the PGA Tour.

“This is a day I will remember for a long time,” McIlroy said shortly after the win.

Rose was 11 years old and had three slots to play. He mistook 16th, hitting to 2 feet by 17 for a birdie, then pasting the green on 18 and missed with an 18-foot shot. Carl Peterson also shot 60 at St. George’s in his 2010 NFL.

“I’m totally disappointed, because you definitely know what’s at stake,” Rose said. “I haven’t photographed 59 before, so it would have been a nice entourage in a week.”

He regretted hitting it with an 8-iron instead of a 9-iron at 18 with 159 yards to the pin.

“I don’t know how much he was in my control or not, but we were right between two teams and I went in the wrong direction in a decision and I paid the price,” he said.

Cory Connors was the best Canadian, shooting a 62 to finish sixth in the 12-under.

“I felt like I’ve been playing really hard the last few days,” Connors said. “Just the last few weeks, even, you haven’t maximized the game, I didn’t get out of the game as much as I wanted. Sure, it’s nice to have the low round today. I played really well. Sure, it felt like it was coming.”

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