RBC Canadian Open 2022: Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau, Justin Thomas enter crowded leaderboard on Sunday

Cream rose to the top of the leaderboard in the third round of the 2022 RBC Canadian Open on Saturday. St. George’s Golf & Country Club was only two shots easier than the previous two rounds, and Tony Finau was the man to make the most of the scoring in Toronto.

“I didn’t do it the way I wanted it to be yesterday, I think all it did was put a fire in my stomach to catch it,” Finau said after his career-lowest round on the PGA Tour. 8-under-par 62. “That’s pretty much what I did. I made some birdies and I played really clean golf. Then when I eagled the 9th, I kind of knew I was like, ‘Oh wow, we’re here’ Climb back up that leaderboard. Anytime you’re at the top of the standings and have a chance to win on the PGA Tour on Sunday, it’s exciting.”

As the first man to enter the club at 11 under, Finau later joined Rory McIlroy. The defending champion of the 2019 RBC Canadian Open, the Northern Irishman shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday to share the 54-hole lead with Ferno. Justin Thomas and Sam Burns were 9 under with strong third-round performances, and given the week in the golf world, the PGA Tour couldn’t pick a better foursome for tomorrow’s final. Showdown in the round.

leaders

T1. Tony Finau and Rory McIlroy (-11): It’s a two-season tale of Ferno and McIlroy, as the Americans have been fighting for much of 2022. Sneaking into the backdoor of the top five in the Charles Schwab Challenge, perhaps this is the second step in Fono’s return to action.

Meanwhile, McIlroy’s year has been filled with consistency, as his final four starts are a T18-8-5-2. He hopes to be the third man to successfully defend his title at the RBC Canadian Open, and with his driving brains alone, it’s hard not to like his chance for his 21st PGA Tour victory.

“It feels very similar to the last time I was in Hamilton; I just want to get myself into the last group with Webb [Simpson] I was able to tie for the lead there,” McIlroy said. “So, yeah, just get me ready for tomorrow. It feels like every aspect of my game is pretty good, so just go there and try to post a number and see if that’s good enough. “

other competitors

T3. Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, Alex Smalley and Wyndham Clark (-9)

T7. Austin Cook and Jim North (-8)

T9. Sebastian Muñoz, Keith Mitchell, Matt Fitzpatrick, Chris Kirk, Adam Long and Doug Ghim (-6)

Golfers will play threesomes tomorrow, which means Thomas will be at the top of the leaderboard for the final group. Selfishly, I’d love to see Burns and Thomas play together, but the Smalley, Clark, and Burns group might actually be good for LSU’s product.

Burns might just need to play golf without seeing the ebb and flow of leaders firsthand. A four-time PGA Tour winner, tomorrow’s win will not only give him his fifth title in less than 30 events, but also bring him together with his good friend Scottie Scheffler. ) Dialogue became Player of the Year.

This must be very familiar to Justin Thomas

“I’ve said to … Rory and Corey, it feels a little bit like a major. It’s weird,” Thomas said of this week’s fan support. “Obviously being 16 is a very unique and cool experience. It’s a tough hole in itself. So I mean, I know obviously very passionate sports fans in this part of the world, and then it’s two years away from this game. Years, I know they will be ready to go this year.”

Toronto’s warm welcome is well-deserved for the 2022 PGA Championship champion, who skipped the Memorial Championship and instead added the RBC Canadian Open to his schedule in preparation for next week’s U.S. Open. Thomas, who played at TPC Craig Ranch the week before his South Mountain victory, may be gearing up for a similar show at the country club.

Is there any hope for Canada?

The Canadians haven’t won their National Open since Pat Fletcher accomplished the feat in 1954. Mike Weir was the last compatriot to actually play at the RBC Canadian Open, and Nick Taylor has brought Canada’s best hope this year. Taylor was 5 under, just six shots behind the leader, and could put up numbers early enough for the leader to catch up.

“I probably don’t watch too many leaderboards and just keep my head down,” Taylor said of his final-round game plan. “Tonight I’ll see what the lead is and know where I might want to be. But it’s such a crowded leaderboard and there’s a lot of holes to really catch up to it. So if I’m around eight Wandering around, and then I thought I had a good chance.”

Updated odds and picks

Below are the updated 18-hole odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Rory McIlroy: 3/2
  • Tony Furnau: 11/4
  • Justin Thomas: 9/2
  • Sam Burns: 13/2
  • Alex Smalley: 16-1
  • Wyndham Clark: 18-1
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: 50-1
  • Keith Mitchell: 65-1
  • Chris Kirk: 80-1
  • Sebastian Munoz: 80-1

Joining Thomas at 20-1 last night proved to be a no-brainer, and he should love his chance tomorrow. That being said, McIlroy is the one to beat because I think Furnau is going to take a back seat for his third-round putting performance, which is simply not sustainable. I don’t necessarily agree with the price difference between Thomas and Burns, so if there’s no action so far, I’d invest in the Charles Schwab Challenge winner in the final round.

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