Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

McIlroy wins Canadian Open with final-round 61

McIlroy wins Canadian Open with final-round 61

Heading into next week's US Open, at Pebble Beach, as only the sixth golfer in history to win the Open, the U.S. Open, and now the Canadian Open, golf's "triple crown", McIlroy could not help but credit his newfound approach he discovered throughout the tournament.

But this is the US Open, where Rory has missed the cut for the last three years in a row, never mind contended, where the course set-up is so demanding that Sir Nick Faldo opined recently that McIlroy does not have the patience to win.

That left him needing a birdie on the par-four 18 to shoot a 59. I definitely got into that a little bit today at the start of the back nine.

The Northern Irishman trailed by five shots going into the final two rounds but a 64 on Saturday, followed by 61 on Sunday, saw him finish on 22 under par, seven clear of Webb Simpson and Shane Lowry. "Tied for the lead going out and playing with that freedom, it gives me so much confidence". "Part of the reason for playing here was I wanted my game to be in good shape for Pebble Beach, but (it) doesn't mean this tournament doesn't mean anything".

"Yeah, 61.it's um. Yeah", said McIlroy with a visible wince.

"I think the times when it's a guess this week I've guessed correctly", said Simpson.

"I was a little nervous over the six-iron going into the last".

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McIlroy, who sank nine birdies and eagled No. 17, was on pace for a record-setting round.

"Then yesterday I just felt really comfortable with my game and I played aggressively". It's also the sixth national open he has won, joining the U.S. Open, British Open, Hong Kong Open, Australian Open and Irish Open.

"Obviously at that point I still didn't know if I was guaranteed to be in, but I knew that 4 gave me more of a chance than 5". It's been a while since I won by a few shots.

"I've been really impressed - went to the game almost a week ago now and I had never heard noise like that in a basketball arena before", said McIlroy.

McIlroy, who started the day in a three-way tie, ended any suspense about who would emerge as the champion with five birdies in his first seven holes, none from longer than 8 feet. "A couple of loose shots down the stretch but I was chasing it, trying to make birdies, and sometimes you're going to make mistakes when you do that". "I think it proves a lot to not only us as players, but the golfing fans across the country that there is a bunch of us out here and we're here to stay".

Mariah Stackhouse, who began the day one stroke off the lead, fell back with a double bogey at the fifth hole and couldn't come back.

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