TORONTO (AP) Rory McIlroy won the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday and gave the PGA Tour a strong response at the start of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational, closing with an 8-under 62 to win a wild ride to the finish with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau.
McIlroy had his first title defense on the PGA Tour, although he had to wait. He won golf’s fourth-longest-running National Open in 2019 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, only to have the COVID-19 pandemic cancel the next two editions.
Thomas pushed it all the way at St. George’s Golf & Country Club, and the tournament effectively ended on the 17th hole. McIlroy and Thomas were even and raw. McIlroy hit a corner that went within striking distance, while Thomas missed a 10-foot putt, a two-hit swing. Thomas closed with a pair of bogeys and still shot 64.
McIlroy finished at 19-under 261 for a two-stroke win.
Finau birdied a 40-footer putt on the 18th for a 64 to finish second alone.
Thomas was third at 14 under. Justin Rose tied the tournament and course record with a 60 — with three eagles and three bogeys — to tie for fourth with Sam Burns (65) at 14 under.
McIlroy has been one of the strongest opponents in the LIV Golf series and has spoken out against the money being paid to players like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Greg Norman, who runs LIV Golf, said in a Washington Post article that McIlroy was “brainwashed” by the PGA Tour.
McIlroy won for the second time this season and 21st on the PGA Tour.
Rose was at 11 under with three holes to play. He bugged on the 16th, hit 2-for-17 for a birdie, then went over the green on the 18th and missed a par putt from 18 feet. Carl Pettersson also shot 60 at St. George’s in their 2010 win.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (AP) — Brooke Henderson holed the first hole of a playoff series with Lindsey Weaver-Wright to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic for her 11th tour title.
Henderson closed with a bogey-free 7-under 64 at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club to win for the first time in a year. The 24-year-old Canadian overcame a four-stroke deficit in the final round, finishing at 12-under 201.
Weaver-Wright, a 28-year-old American still looking for her first tour win, forced the playoffs with birdies on four of the final six holes, including a long at No. 17 and a 10-footer at par-5. last hole for a 65.
Jodi Eward Shadoff was a stroke back after a 67.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thongchai Jaidee became the first Thai winner in PGA Tour champion history, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot win in the U.S. Family Insurance Championship.
A week after making his way into the event with a 10th-place finish in Iowa, Thongchai, 52, earned his 19th start on the 50-plus circuit.
Thongchai bounced back from a bogey on the par-5 16th with a birdie on the par-3 17th and closed with a par. He finished at 14 under 202 at University Ridge.
Tom Pernice Jr. finished second after a 66.
EUROPEAN TOUR / EUROPEAN TOUR WOMEN
TYLOSAND, Sweden (AP) — Linn Grant has become the first female winner on the European tour, running away with Scandinavian Mixed by nine strokes.
The 22-year-old Swede finished with an 8-under 64 at Halmstad Golf Club, playing from shorter tees than the men. She finished 24-under 264.
Henrik Stenson, who hosted the event with Annika Sorenstam, shot a 70 to tie for second with Marc Warren (65).
KORN FERRY TOUR
GREER, SC (AP) — Robby Shelton parried the second take of a playoff with Ben Griffin in the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his third career Korn Ferry Tour title.
After shooting a 10-under 61 on Saturday to open a five-shot lead, Shelton closed with a 71 to tie Griffin (66) at 22-under 263.
Rose Zhang set the tone and the Americans won seven of eight singles matches for a 15 1/2-4 1/2 victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup at Merion in Ardmore, Utah. Pennsylvania. The Americans lead 31-8-3 and win amateur games for the third straight time. … 19-year-old Lucy Li won for the first time as a pro in a battle of prodigies, closing with a 2-under 69 and beating 17-year-old Alexa Pano in the playoffs to win the Carolina Golf Classic over the Epson Round. … Tomoyo Ikemura picked up a wire-to-wire win with a 4-under 68 and a one-shot win over Ryo Hisatsune and Brad Kennedy in the Japan Golf Tour’s Aso Iizuka Challenge. … Liam Johnston of Scotland finished with a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Todd Clements in the Emporda Challenge on the European Challenge Tour. … Dylan Mostert had a 4 under 68 and won the KitKat Group Pro-Am by three strokes over MJ Viljoen at the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. … Tommy Cocha and Isidro Benitez each closed with a 5-under 65, and Cocha birdied the 18th hole in the playoffs to win the championship from Bucaramanga in Colombia on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. … Miyuu Yamashita closed with a 4-under 68 and rallied from a four-stroke deficit against Saiki Fujita to win the Ai Miyazato Suntory Ladies Open on the LPGA of Japan. … Min Ji Park successfully defended her title with a 2-under 70 and a three-stroke victory over Minju Kim at the Celtrion Queens Masters on the Korean LPGA. … Richard Green of Australia closed with 1-under 71 and pared on the third playoff hole to beat the Jersey Legends’ Paul Lawrie on the senior European Tour circuit.
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