Jun 13th, 2022
McIlroy takes a pop at LIV Golf after Canadian Open win
Northern Irishman critical of Norman as he defends his title in Canada
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"I had extra motivation of what's going on across the pond," said McIlroy.
"The guy that's spearheading that tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I was tied with him and I wanted to get one ahead of him. And I did.
"This is a day I'll remember for a long, long time."
McIlroy shared the lead with Tony Finau heading into the final round on eleven-under and a closing eight-under 64 was good enough for a two shot victory.
After racing into a commanding lead with eight birdies in the first twelve holes It looked like the four-time major winner may have opened the door to Finau and Justin Thomas after bogeys at the 13th and 16th.
However, birdies at the final two holes saw McIlroy claim a two-shot victory. Finau took second, with fellow American Thomas bogeying the last two holes to finish two shots further back in third.
England's Justin Rose finished five shots behind McIlroy in joint fourth after shooting a final round ten-under-par 60. Rose needed a birdie on the final hole for a record-equalling 58 but sadly took bogey to miss out on a sub-60 score.
McIlroy will go into the U.S. Open on Thursday in Brookline, Massachusetts on a high. The man from Northern Ireland is still looking for an elusive fifth major victory, his last came at the 2014 PGA Championship.