|2022||St George’s Golf & Country Club||Rory McIlroy|
2022: Rory McIlroy
Due to events elsewhere, the PGA Tour desperately needed a big week at the 2022 RBC Canadian Open. Wow, did the tournament deliver! A final grouping of Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau was as good as the PGA Tour could have hoped for and they were cheered on the whole way by some of the best fans of the year. It was clear from earlier in the week that the Canadian fans were cheering for Rory McIlroy and he did not let them down by securing the first successful defence of a PGA Tour title in his career.
For once, the often frustrating McIlroy was at his brilliant best during all four days of a tournament. If one area of his game was off he was able to compensate elsewhere. A case in point was his putting on the Sunday. The final round was the only one in which McIlroy lost strokes to the field on the greens but his iron and wedge play was able to pick up the slack as he fired in a stunning 62.
Amazingly, 62 was not the lowest score of the day. Justin Rose somehow missed two putts from three feet to fall one short of breaking the magical 60 mark while both Thomas and Finau took advantage of the perfect conditions to keep the pressure on McIlroy and ensure a thrilling finish. The worst score of the final three-ball was 64 and yet McIlroy was able to separate himself to give the PGA Tour a much welcome shot in the arm.