A final-round 62 and a successful defence of the RBC Canadian Open title would have been a memorable week for most, but not for Rory McIlroy, who continued to take shots after holing his final putt on Sunday at St. George’s Golf & Country Club. In an interview with CBS Sports’ Amanda Renner following his 21st PGA Tour victory, McIlroy reassured the golf world that he was still in charge, although in a quiet way.
That “someone else” McIlroy is referring to is none other than LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman. In a week littered with turmoil, news dumps and peers jumping across enemy lines, the vocal leader of the PGA Tour dished out yet another sound bite to instill confidence with his fellow members.
“This is a day I’ll remember for a long time,” McIlroy said. “Twenty-first PGA Tour win, one more than someone else, gave me a little extra motivation today, and I’m pleased to get it done.”
Battling with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau for most of the final round, McIlroy understands the war is not with his counterparts but rather the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Being able to flip the switch after winning a country’s home open, contextualize the moment and spearhead the tour’s efforts against this rival tour is what makes McIlroy so special and, in turn, the rest of the PGA Tour.
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