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RBC Canadian Open: Rory McIlroy cruises to win | Sporting News

Rory McIlroy had a round to remember Sunday.

The 30-year-old golfer came away with a victory at the RBC Canadian Open after shooting a phenomenal 9-under 61 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. He was 22 under overall for the tournament.

Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson finished tied for second at 15 under, seven strokes behind McIlroy.

“It was just awesome,” McIlroy told CBS after his win. “I said from the start I wanted to be aggressive. I played with so much freedom yesterday, I just wanted to keep that going today. Tied for the lead, going out and playing with that freedom, it gives me so much confidence.”

McIlroy birdied five of his first seven holes and followed with four straight birdies from 11 to 14.

He bogeyed the 16th hole before he concluded his round with an eagle and another bogey.

“Obviously, this is a huge tournament to win, I’m very proud of myself,” McIlroy said. “Going forward this season, to play the way I did in a final round like this, I’m going take a lot from this.”

Matt Kuchar, who entered the day tied for the lead with McIlroy and Simpson, was even in the final round and tied for fourth with Brandt Snedeker at 13 under.

Canadian Adam Hadwin placed sixth at 12 under.

Among notable golfers, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas tied for 20th at 7 under.

The PGA Tour season will continue with the U.S. Open, which is set to begin Thursday, June 13 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Del Monte Forest, California.

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