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Rory McIlroy fires a nine-under 61 to win Canadian Open by seven shots

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Rory McIlroy was narrowly denied only the 11th sub-60 round in US PGA Tour history but one of the most dominant displays of his professional career, in victory at the Canadian Open, may have broader significance with the third major of the year only days away. He will head to Pebble Beach and the US Open having won in Canada by seven shots, at 22-under par. This marked a tournament record.

McIlroy had the magic number of 59 firmly on his radar from the start. On a par-70 course in Hamilton, Ontario, he was nine under for his round after holing out from 30 feet at the 14th. A dropped shot at the 16th – his first of the weekend – apparently halted 59 watch but McIlroy was to eagle the penultimate hole. Hopes of joining elite golfing company in the 59 club ended as the 30-year-old missed the 18th green, with a bogey meaning he had to settle for a 61. Understandably, he wasn’t perturbed by that.

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