2022 RBC Canadian Open Leaderboard, Results: Rory McIlroy wins back-to-back title, wins 21st career PGA Tour title

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas put on an absolute show at the 2022 RBC Canadian Open in a week when the PGA Tour desperately needs it. McIlroy had a 62 to finish at 19 under, beating Tony Finau by two and Justin Thomas by three. It was his second straight Canadian Open win and 21st in his remarkable PGA Tour career.

McIlroy played with Thomas and Ferno in the final trio, and he was totally on fire. He made five birdies up front, shot 29 on that side, then birdied the first three shots on the back nine to take full control of the game. Although he was starting to back off a bit, he stuck with the last two approaches — one 2-footer, the other 4-footer — and both were ready for a 62.

This represents the day McIlroy wedges. He hit seven hits within 5 feet (all from over 100 yards) but lost the bat on the day he shot a 62. Come to think of it – his putter was worse than the field average, with a 62!

Somehow, the postgame interview of his 21st PGA Tour victory was even better than the victory itself.

The final in Canada was a resounding response to this week’s LIV Golf opening event in London, which gained momentum after the first of eight 54-hole events and was handed out to the 48-player field on Saturday $25 million. LIV Golf is a PGA Tour competitor and has a lot of attention. “We’re not going anywhere,” LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman boasted Saturday.

McIlroy, who has been outspoken about not going to LIV Golf and concerned about its funding sources (primarily the Saudi Arabian government’s financial arm), took a dig at Norman on Sunday after his win.

“It’s incredible,” McIlroy told CBS Sports. “I will remember this day for a long, long time.” He also noted that he now has 21 PGA Tour wins, “one more than anyone else.”

Notably, Norman has won 20 PGA Tour titles.

Combined, it’s one of the most high-profile weeks in recent PGA Tour history (the fact that we haven’t even talked about a majors week that starts Monday!).

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No one knows what the next few years will hold or who will win the contest for regular-season supremacy between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. These organizations will be involved in this battle for a long time. However, this week’s situation has provided clarity. Just a day after LIV Golf proved that it doesn’t even have the soul of professional golf, McIlroy has once again opened up about being the soul of professional golf. Grade: A+

Here are our other results at the Canadian Open.

2. Tony Furnow (-17): The worst score in the final group on Sunday was 64. Worst Fraction. Both Verneau and Thomas hit that number to McIlroy’s 62, with Vernau making a huge putt at the end. It was a nice finish for him, arguably his best performance of the year heading into a big week. Finau is scoring 4.6 a day, which is usually enough to win a regular PGA Tour event. Unfortunately for him, McIlroy scored more than five points. Grade: A

3. Justin Thomas (-15): JT’s situation is much the same as Finau’s. The PGA Championship winner, who is hitting more than four shots per round every week and five shots ahead of T7, felt like he never had a real chance on Sunday. Still, he’s heading to the country club next week in search of his second major, and I’m not sure his confidence is higher than ever. One reason: He has had positive results in five of his last six games. Grade: A

T4. Justin Rose (-14): It may seem odd to be disappointed at 60, but Rose has done something no one has done in the past 30 years. He hit the ball long and made a bogey on the final hole, which would have been a 59.

“I’m totally disappointed,” Ross said. “Because you definitely know what’s at stake. You’re really just hitting the last hole — I’ve never shot a 59 before — so that’s going to be a lovely footnote for the week. I don’t know how much I control or not, but…we were right between the two clubs, I went the wrong way on a decision and paid for it. So these things do happen, it’s amazing It’s how these situations rightly come to the end. It’s tricky, but all in all, there’s a lot to do this week.” Grade: A

T18. Scottie Scheffler (-7): The Masters champion had a bad day (he shot 1 on Saturday and had a poor final day of play). As with JT, there are still some positive aspects to consider. He finished in the top 15 in tee-to-green and tee-distance, both of which will earn him a second major of the season and career next week. He’s had a solid showing at the U.S. Open recently, and if you believe his performance in the last two events (the Charles Schwab Challenge and the Canadian Open) is a good indicator, he should be one of Brookline’s favorites. Grade: B

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