Rory McIlroy defended his Canadian Open this weekend winning by two shots and looking in very impressive form.
McIlroy prevailed at St. George’s Golf & Country Club for his 21st PGA Tour victory and the winning prize was $1.5 million not bad for a weekend’s work, but have come down to his golf shoes that he was wearing..
“This is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time,” McIlroy said on CBS after his victory. “Twenty first PGA Tour win, one more than someone else, that gave me a little extra incentive today and happy to get it done.”
The reference there was of course to Greg Norman, the CEO of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, whose maiden event finished on Saturday.
The man from County Down has been in good form this year and learned a lot from The Masters and with two majors left to go, I strongly believe the 33 year old will add fifth major to his name this year.
McIlroy called his title defence in Canada great preparation for next week when he will attempt to win his fifth Major at the US Open. His last Major victory came in 2014 at the PGA Championship. Earlier, this year he was runner-up to Scheffler at the Masters.
“There’s no better way to prepare yourself for tournament golf than to be in contention, having to hit the shots when you need to. I proved this week that I can do that and hopefully get myself back into position to have to do that again next week.”
We all know the talent that Rory McIlroy has and the potential, at 33 years of age he is now in his prime and plenty of experience behind him. The man from Hollywood in County Down is still yet to win The Masters that’s the one major that is missing for McIlroy to join the greats that have won all four majors.
McIlroy has come in for criticism in the past for his bottle and especially for the way he exploded when The Open was held in his home course at Royal Portrush back in 2019. When his fellow country man Shane Lowry landed the big prize.
But after all the ups and downs over the past few years I do believe this is the season that he will add a fifth major to the Northern Irish man. He’s in his prime and has looked good in the last tournaments, if he can just start well, number five will be delivered this season.