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Rory McIlroy triumphs again in Canada, Paul Barjon in the top 50

Rory McIlroy managed to defend a title for the first time in his career on Sunday in Canada. The Northern Irishman resisted Justin Thomas and Tony Finau in a masterful last game. A very high-level show, a good omen a few days before the start of the US Open! Paul Barjon finished 46th.

What a last lap of the RBC Canadian Open ! And what a last part! Co-leader after 54 holes, Rory McIlroy was pushed to its limits by Justin Thomas and Tony Finau in an NHL rink atmosphere in Toronto.

It’s a day I’ll remember for a long time especially as it’s my 21st title, one more than anyone else…

Rory McIlroy pokes at Greg Norman

The former world number 1 from Northern Ireland had to pull out all the stops to retain his title at the RBC Canadian Open, the third oldest tournament in the world behind the British Open and theU.S. Open which he had won in 2019 before two canceled editions, with a card of 62 and ten birdies for the day!

This 21st trophy on the PGA Tour is the Briton’s first successful title defence. ” It’s incredible, he smiled. Playing with Tony and JT today, two of the best golfers in the world… We all played well with a -6 as the worst score. It’s a day I’ll remember for a long time especially as it’s my 21st title, one more than any other player.”he concluded with a small smile after this spade addressed to Greg Norman the man who undermines the PGA Tour with his dissident League.

McIlroy as boss

In the lead then heckled by Justin Thomas (the two men were at -17 at the start of 17) after two bogeys in 4 holes on the last third of the course, McIlroy was able to pull himself together by planting the flags of 17 and 18 for two birdies “givens” synonymous with victory with a two-step lead… over Tony Finau!

It’s all the stronger as his one-meter putt missed at 15 for birdie had completely revived the suspense, just like his tee shot from par 3 on 16, almost swinging with rage in the bunker.

Despite the absence of his usual caddy Harry Diamondwho has just had a child, and the media obligations to promote the PGA Tour competed by LIV GolfMcIlroy has been present on the course and remains the number one ambassador of world golf… pending the return of Tiger Woods.

Tony Finau puts on a show at 18

Finally second by two strokes, when he seemed destined for third place, Tony Finau is the only member of this last dream part to have crossed the last lap without a bogey. His final birdie following a “remote-guided” putt on 18 put him ahead of Justin Thomas, who had nevertheless caught fire with six birdies in a row from 6 to 11… before ending with two bogeys.

Justin Rose very close to 59

At the foot of this prestigious podium, two other monsters with Sam Burns, the second of the FedExCupand yet a third ex-world number 1 Justin Rose who signed an almost “disappointing” 60 since he ended up with a bogey at 18. It is indeed the first time in history that a player, author of such a low score, ends his day on a false note.

With three eagles on Sunday (including the first at 1 on a par 4!), this day will remain special for the winner of the US Open 2013 who would be happy to do it again next weekend in Brookline.

Paul Barjon 46th

Behind these behemoths of the game perfectly sharpened a few days before the US Open, Paul Barjon did not deserve with a weekend in par (70-70). We will especially remember his 67 on Friday to pass the cut. The New Caledonian by adoption finally reconnects with a top 50 who fled him from his top 10 in The American Express in February (46th, -1).

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