Rory McIlroy throws a hidden bullet at LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman after winning the 2022 RBC Canadian Open

It has only been 1,100 days since Rory McIlroy finally had a chance to defend his 2019 title at the RBC Canadian Open.

Not much has changed.

McIlroy composed another round of strength north of the border at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto on Sunday with a superb display of scoring and overcoming a strength-tested stretch to win the 21st PGA Tour title.

After a 5-under-65 par in the third round, McElroy, ranked 8th in the official golf rankings, outperformed world 6th seed Justin Thomas and world 18th seed Tony Finau in the final megawatt set with 62 points to finish the match. in under 19.

In 2019, McIlroy closed in with 61 to win the Canadian Open with seven shots. The tournament has not been played in the past two years due to COVID restrictions.

“It’s unbelievable,” McIlroy said. “Playing with Tony and GT, we all play the way we did, I think the worst round was a 6 under, and this is a day I will always remember. I won my 21st PGA Tour, one more than anyone else, which gave me a little extra motivation today and I’m so happy to get it done “.

That other person will be Greg Norman, commissioner for LIV Golf, a rival league backed by Saudi Arabia whose first event was held this week outside of London.

Well, the RBC Canadian Open was a resounding PGA Tour response to the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event that featured a 54-hole, no-cut, rifle course ending on Saturday. In Canada, huge showrooms were roaring, cheers erupted for several players throughout the week, and fans warmly celebrated the first live golf action after the COVID-induced silence for the past two years. The final chapter for the masses? Thousands of them flew into the 18th green, and the crowd stretched back 50 yards down the fairway.

Add to McIlroy’s celebration? This was the first time in 15 attempts he had defended a title. He shot the 29 in the front nine—the first 29 on the front or rear nine in his career.

And he had to dig deep to beat the calm. On the full ride, McIlroy was under 8-hole through 12-hole and led by three. But he missed a penalty kick in four feet at 13 and a footer on 16 to return again to equalise. But he chased 17 after he knocked his 127-yard sprinter into the tap range and chased 18 from five feet.

“After COVID, I needed a full reset,” McIlroy said. “I rededicated myself and wanted to do what makes me happy and that makes me happy.”

Finau knocked in at 40 feet for a birdie at last to finish in under 17. It capped a huge weekend – in the third round, he tied his career low with a score of 62.

Thomas, who returned from eight shots with 10 holes to play to win the PGA Championship in a playoff, was level with the lead before making his first 34-hole bogey and then another at the end. He finished at the age of 15 under.

Justin Rose toured in round 60 sub-par and was actually 11 under 15 holes and 3 parrots away from 59. But on his three-eagles and seven-bird round, Rose cheated two of the last three holes to match his career low 60.

He finished tied for fourth at the age of 14.

“I’m totally disappointed,” Rose said, especially about the last crater ghost. “Because you know what’s at stake for sure. You only play on the last hole – I’ve never shot 59 before – so it would have been a great bottom note of the week.”

Sam Burns joined Rose at the age of 14, who shot 65.

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