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Monday, June 13, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: There were a lot of great finishes this week. At the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed, 22-year-old Linn Grant became the first female winner on the DP World Tour when she beat her closest male competitors by 9 shots and her closest female competitor by 14; Thongchai Jaidee won the American Family Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour; Brooke Henderson won the ShopRite LPGA Classic on the LPGA; Robby Shelton won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Korn Ferry Tour; Lucy Li won the Carolina Golf Classic on the Epson Tour; Dylan Mostert won the KitKat Group PROAM on the Sunshine Tour; Tommy Cocha won the Fortox Colombia Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; the USA won the Curtis Cup; Charl Schwartzel won the first LIV Golf event; Sanghun Shin won the KPGA Championship on the KPGA; Tomoyo Ikemura won the Aso Iizuka Challenge on the Japan Golf Tour; Miyuu Yamashita won the Ai Miyazato Suntory Ladies Open on the JLPGA; and Minji Park won the Celltrion Queen's Masters on the KLPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Rory McIlroy with Canadian Open trophy

Another decent week for my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Sam Burns (T4) and Adam Hadwin (T35). Sam moved into the Top5 with his finish and Adam at least made the cut. I haven't had two players make the cut in a while

  • Top10s: 18 for 68 (12 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 33
  • Top20s: 29 for 68

I don't know if this is a sign of what's going to happen to the LIV Golf events, but the first one received relatively little attention simply because so much great golf happened everywhere else. Linn Grant became the first female winner on the DP World Tour, beating the men by 9 strokes; Brooke Henderson won the LPGA event with an eagle in a playoff; Lucy Li got her first pro win on the Epson Tour; and the RBC Canadian Open returned after a forced two-year layoff with possibly the best final group and the best competition between them that could have happened.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau shot 29, 29 and 31 respectively on their front nine. (No bogeys!) Justin Rose set a course record 60 but had a shot at 58. And Sam Burns shot a 65, nearly posting low enough to make the big boys think down the stretch.

And then all Rory did was get his first successful tournament defense ever, shooting 62 while JT and Tony shot 64s. Did I mention that fans were rockin' in Toronto? Rory said it best:

“It feels really good. For the Canadian Open, a national championship, to have a week like it's had, three of the best players in the world going at it down the stretch, trying to win in front of those crowds and that atmosphere … it doesn’t get much better than that.”
In the meantime Rory picks up his 21st PGA Tour win... and at least his 21st Limerick Summary. (I don't remember if I did any for him winning other events.) This is definitely a record worth celebrating. Congrats, Rory!

The stars really put on a show.
Both Tony and J.T. went low
But Rory stayed hot
And the thunder he brought
Made his first title defense a go.

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