RBC Canadian Open
Well, well, well, Mr. McIlroy. The largest victory in the Canadian Open since Johnny Palmer’s 11-stroke victory in 1952 was quite the show! With birdies on 5 of the first 7 holes and 4 in a row on the back 9, Rory threatened a sub-60 round before settling for a scintillating 61.
The Canadian Open is one of the longest running tournaments on the PGA Tour and its winner’s list is a who’s who of golf. The only tournament of the season north of the border is regarded in high esteem by players, and it carries with it a prestigious cachet.
Playing with confidence and freedom all week, Rory carded progressively better rounds each day, culminating in Sunday’s 61. He also won the support of the fans by supporting the Toronto Raptors, including donning a Raptors jersey during the trophy ceremony.
What may have been even more impressive was his margin of victory. After holding a share of the 54-hole lead, McIlroy finished the tournament 7-strokes better than Shane Lowry and fellow 54-hole leader Webb Simpson.
Rory’s confidence will be sky-high heading into the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach this week. If he can keep finding fairways and attacking pins, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Closing strong the way he did on Sunday at Hamilton Golf Club makes him that much scarier.
One of TaylorMade’s elite staff players, these are the clubs Rory McIlroy used to win the RBC Canadian Open. (As reported by PGATOUR):
TaylorMade P750 4-Iron
Project X 7.0
TaylorMade P730 Rors Prototype (5-9)
Project X 7.0
ShopRite LPGA Classic
What does the leader in eagles on the LPGA Tour do on the 72nd hole of the ShopRite LPGA Classic played at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club? Eagle the hole to win the tournament, of course!
Playing two groups in front of the final pairing, Lexi’s main competition was the most recent winner on Tour, Jeongeun Lee6.
Lee’s performance on Sunday was gritty, birdieing two of the last three holes and bouncing back after a consecutive run of three bogeys in the middle of the back 9. However, it wasn’t enough to catch Lexi. Lee6 finished one shot off the pace in solo second.
This is Lexi’s first win of the 2019 season, and her 11th LPGA Tour title in her career.
Mastercard Japan Championship
The elder statesman of the PGA headed to Japan last week for the Mastercard Japan Championship played at the majestic Narita Golf Club.
Scott McCarron, the hottest player on the PGA Champions right now, locked up his third victory this season. He has now opened up a lead of over $830,000 on the rest of the field.
In his victory interview, McCarron made no bones about his aspirations this season. He’s looking to take as big of a lead into the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs,a dn try to outlast perennial favorite, Bernard Langer.
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