Monday, 10 June 2019
Rory McIlroy  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy will head into this week's U.S. Open Championship full of confidence after claiming a seven shot victory at the RBC Canadian Open on the US PGA Tour.

A fine week for the Irish also saw Shane Lowry finish in a tie for second on 15 under after shooting a closing 67 while McIlroy's fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell booked his place at next month's Open Championship at Royal Portrush in his hometown after draining a 29 foot par putt at the last to finish in a tie for eighth.

McIlroy had a 59 in his sights after making nine birdies in his first 14 holes - including four in a row from the 11th - but he sandwiched an eagle on the 17th with bogeys at the 16th and 18th to card a closing 61.

His 22 under par total of 258 saw him break the previous tournament record by five strokes.

He told Sky Sports: "I played with so much freedom over the weekend. More freedom than I've had for a while, which is exciting because I've been able to win this tournament, but also exciting for what's coming up and what's ahead.

"It was one of those days where I got it going - 59 was definitely in my sights. Those two bogeys in the last couple of holes were unfortunate but at least I gave myself a chance at it.

"Most importantly, to win the Canadian Open and to get a win going into next week is obviously huge."

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