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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: The Thai team of Phachara Khongwatmai and Thongchai Jaidee won the GolfSixes Cascais on the ET; Scott McCarron won the Mastercard Japan Championship on the Champions Tour; Lexi Thompson won the ShopRite LPGA Classic; Rhein Gibson won the rain-shortened BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Tour; Perrine Delacour won the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour; and Mikumu Horikawa won the Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills.

Rory McIlroy with the Canadian Open trophy

I've finally figured out the Tuesday Twofer puzzle. My picks are checking to see who I picked, then they take the week off. I picked Dustin Johnson (T20) to win and Corey Conners (MC) to Top10. My drought continues...
  • Winners: 2 for 23
  • Place well (Top10): 11 for 23 (6 Top5 finish, 5 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 22 of 46 (11 Top5s, 11 more Top10s)
But at least we had the satisfaction of seeing the big story of the week come to pass. Of course, I'm speaking about Graeme McDowell finally locking up that Open invite with a T8 finish.

Hey, don't laugh. Rory agreed with me, saying that he was watching the leaderboard himself to see if Graeme could get the job done.

And well he might, because there was no drama at all over who was going to win the RBC Canadian Open. And while Rory didn't get his 59... or his 60... that 61 left the field hopelessly in the dust, the closest being seven strokes back. And in doing so, he became only the sixth player ever to win the Canadian, US and European Opens. Even Jack Nicklaus couldn't do that.

When Rory was asked about the "Lucky Loonie," a Canadian $1 coin that he marked his ball with, he not only said that "every bit helps" but that he might be taking it to Pebble Beach this coming week.

The rest of the field can only hope it gets confiscated at the border. If Rory can hold this form at the US Open, Phil and Tiger don't have a chance. In the meantime, Rory gets yet another Limerick Summary to add to his collection. Luck had nothing to do with that.
On Sunday it just wasn’t fair.
While others hit balls everywhere
Rory pounded it straight
Right out of the gate…
And his chasers just watched in despair.
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