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By : BGA Proshop
Rory McIlroy dominates the field at the RBC Canadian Open and flirts with a 59 to claims a 7 shot victory over Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson.
McIlory started the day tied at 13 under but got off to an amazing start with birdies on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th hole. To finish the front nine he birdied the 7th for good measure and was streaks ahead of the chasing pack. On the back nine he continued his hot start with 4 birdies in a row from the 11th to 14th hole and backed it up with another birdie on the 16th. The 17th was the hole that gave him a chance at 59 when he smashed a drive 341 yards down the par 5 which left him 196 yards to the hole. With 7 iron in his hand he hit his approach to 2 feet for an eagle tap in. For the magical 59 all he had to do now was birdie the last but unfortunately pushed his approach to the right bunker and couldn’t get up and down. He finished the final day with a 61 and the prefect momentum builder heading into the U.S. Open next week at Pebble Beach.
“I’ve been marking my ball with a loonie all week, and it might have to cross the border and come with me,” said McIlroy with a laugh, who received the coin from a Canadian at an off-site event on Tuesday.
“I said, ‘sure, why not? Every little bit helps.’”
A loonie is one Canadian dollar but the legend of a lucky loonie started at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games when a loonie was embedded under the ice rink. Both the men’s and women’s Canadian ice hockey went on to win gold and the Lucky Loonie legend was born.
With the way McIlory putted he should keep the loonie as some of the players after the round commented:
“I don't know what golf Rory is playing today,” Lowry said, “but it was just incredible.”
In his post game interview McIlroy said “I had a chance to shoot 59. Sorry for being disappointed up here, I played 17 wonderful holes. I was 10-under through 17 holes and I shot 4-under on the back nine with two bogeys, so that was pretty good too.
“I’m playing well. I found a little groove and I want to keep it going.”
“That’s golf,” he said. “It’s something people don’t quite understand at this level. The margins are so fine and so small. It could have been, even last week, if I had made a couple extra birdies on the back nine I would have made the cut and I could have produced a weekend like this and won the tournament.
“So, something like this is always around the corner.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to get a great reception all week. One of the cool things as well is that people are rowdy and chanting, but they know as soon as you go to hit the golf shot it’s deadly silent. They get it,” McIlroy said of the Canadian fans. “They were having fun and being loud but they still respected the traditions and values of the game. It was a perfect blend.”