PGA: Rory McIlroy fell in love with Canada and its national open

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Rory McIlroy returns to Hamilton Golf and Country for the first time since 2019, where he shot a final-round 61 to win by seven strokes.

This victory was the spark of the love story between the Northern Irishman and Canada.

“The support was absolutely incredible and since then all I want to do is come back and play in this atmosphere year after year,” McIlroy told reporters before the tournament opened Thursday.

“I was blown away by the enthusiasm of the fans, and it was a great atmosphere to play. It’s important to come back, and playing in front of crowds like this is incredible, and it’s always a pleasure to come back here. »

McIlroy begins a streak of four tournaments in as many weeks, with the tournament in Canada followed by the Wells Fargo Championship, the US Open and the Travelers Championship. Over the past few weeks, McIlroy spent a few days in Italy for a longtime friend’s wedding, before returning home to enjoy some precious time with his Poppy family.

With the succession of tournaments on the PGA Tour, several high-level players have decided not to come to Hamilton, which does not take away from the unique character of the event where 28 Canadian players will be on track.

McIlroy jokingly mentioned that he would like to attend a hockey game, but that the Maple Leafs are once again eliminated this year during his visit to the country.

McIlroy enters the week ranked 4th in the FedEx Cup standings after back-to-back wins at the Zurich Classic and the Wells Fargo Championship, before his 12th place finish at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.




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