Rory McIlroy shoots final-round 62 to win Canadian Open, throws shade at Greg Norman

Rory McIlroy shoots final-round 62 to win Canadian Open, throws shade at Greg Norman

Rory McIlroy is the 2022 Canadian Open champion. He shot a final-round 8-under 62 to finish 19 under for the tournament, successfully defending the title he won three years ago.

Tony Finau finished two strokes back in second while PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas came in third.

McIlroy opened his final round by converting a 26-foot birdie putt on the first hole. He shot a 29 on the front nine, recording five birdies. The most notable shot came on the par-3 sixth, when he chipped in for birdie from the rough over the green.

McIlroy started the back nine by birdieing the first three holes. After bogeying the 13th, McIlroy delivered an incredible up and down for par on the 14th.

McIlroy briefly fell into a tie with Thomas after bogeying the 16th hole, but the combination of a McIlroy birdie and Thomas bogey on No. 17 gave him a two-stroke cushion for the final hole.

With the win, McIlroy has 21 PGA Tour victories. He became the first European player to successfully defend the Canadian Open since James Douglas Edgar in 1920. (The Canadian Open was not held in 2020 or 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

There were several low scores on Sunday. Finau and Thomas each recorded a 6-under 64. Justin Rose fired a 10-under 60, missing a par putt on the 72nd hole to record a 59.

McIlroy’s win came during a weekend in which he was one of the loudest critics of the new LIV Golf Invitational Series, which has signed Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, among others.

“I was speaking to a few people yesterday and one of the comments was, ‘Any decision that you make in your life that’s purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way,'” McIlroy said on Wednesday. “Obviously, money is a deciding factor in many things in this world, but if it’s purely for money, it never seems to go the way you want it to.”

After he ended Saturday tied for the lead, he added, “I’m pretty sure what’s going to happen over the final 18 holes here is going to be more entertaining than what other golf was played this week anywhere else.”

McIlroy threw shade at Greg Norman after his victory stating, “21st PGA Tour win — one more than someone else.” His comment comes in wake of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

The Canadian Open served as the final tuneup before the US Open, which starts on Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

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