OTTAWA – Rory McIlroy blitzed the field at the Canadian Open on Sunday, firing a scintillating 61 to run away with the title by a massive seven strokes less than a week before the US Open.
McIlroy, who flirted with a 59, put on a golf clinic rolling in nine birdies, one eagle and two bogeys for a 22-under 258 total and a dominating victory over runner-ups Shane Lowry, Ireland, and American Webb Simpson.
“It was awesome,” said McIlroy, who claimed his sixth career national open title in his Canadian debut. “I said at the start that I wanted to be aggressive and play with freedom.
“This will give me so much confidence. This is a huge tournament and I am so proud of myself. I am going to take a lot from this and I am so excited for next week (US Open).”
The four-time major championship winner tied his career best when he shot a 61 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship in 2015. His previous best closing score to win a tournament was a 62 at the Quail Hollow Championship in 2010.