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McIl­roy shoots a 61 to seal win in Canada

- GOLF ROUNDUP AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Sports · Golf · Canada · Rory McIlroy · Ancaster, Ontario · Ontario · United States of America · Country Club · Northern Ireland · Ireland · Hong Kong · New Jersey · Japan · Championship · Narita · Charles Schwab · Canadian Open · Ancaster · Pebble Beach, CA · Shane Lowry · Portrush · Graeme McDowell · Irish Open · Hong Kong Open · LPGA · Lexi Thompson · Scott McCarron · Chiba · Kirk Triplett

Rory McIl­roy ran away with the Cana­dian Open, clos­ing with a 9-un­der-par 61 on Sun­day for a seven-shot vic­tory in Ancaster, On­tario.

Start­ing the day in a three-way tie for the lead, McIl­roy ended any sus­pense about who would emerge as the cham­pion with five birdies in his first seven holes, none from longer than eight feet.

It was McIl­roy’s 16th PGA Tour vic­tory, 25th win world­wide and fourth by at least seven shots. The world’s fourth-ranked player will hope to ride the mo­men­tum into this week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

The only ques­tion on the back nine was whether McIl­roy would shoot the 11th sub-60 round in PGA Tour his­tory. He made four straight birdies from Nos. 11 to 14, and a bo­gey on the par-3 16th stalled him mo­men­tar­ily. He fol­lowed with a 7-iron from 196 yards to 21/2 feet for ea­gle on the par-5 17th to get to 10 un­der at par-70 Hamil­ton Golf and Coun­try Club.

But he missed the green on the par-4 18th, and his bunker shot went long. He ended up tap­ping in for bo­gey to fin­ish at a tour­na­ment-record 22-un­der 258. The 61 equaled the low round of McIl­roy’s PGA Tour ca­reer.

Shane Lowry and Webb Simp­son tied for se­cond at 15 un­der.

Adam Had­win, seek­ing to be­come the first Cana­dian win­ner of the event since 1954, closed with a 70 and fin­ished sixth, 10 shots back. His con­so­la­tion prize was a spot in the Bri­tish Open at Royal Portrush in July.

Graeme Mc­Dow­ell also earned his place in the Bri­tish Open. The na­tive of Portrush, North­ern Ire­land, guar­an­teed a tee time in his home­town by hol­ing a hard­break­ing 29-footer for par on the par-4 18th to shoot 68 and fin­ish in a tie for eighth. This year’s Open will be the first in North­ern Ire­land since its only pre­vi­ous visit to Royal Portrush in 1951.

The vic­tory in McIl­roy’s Cana­dian Open de­but was his fifth in a na­tional open, fol­low­ing the U.S. Open (2011), Aus­tralian Open (2013), Bri­tish Open (2014) and Ir­ish Open (2016). McIl­roy also counts the Hong Kong Open (2011) as part of his na­tional cham­pi­onship tally.

LPGA TOUR: Lexi Thomp­son made a 20-foot putt for an ea­gle on the 18th hole to com­plete a late come­back and win the ShopRite LPGA Clas­sic in Gal­loway, N.J.

Trail­ing Jeongeun Lee6 by two strokes af­ter the 15th hole, Thomp­son fin­ished birdie-par-ea­gle to fin­ish up a round of 4-un­der­par 67 for a 54-hole score of 12-un­der 201. She posted her 11th ca­reer LPGA Tour vic­tory, ex­tend­ing her streak to seven straight years with at least one win on the tour.

Lee6, the cham­pion of last week’s U.S. Women’s Open who was play­ing two groups be­hind Thomp­son, lost her lead with three con­sec­u­tive bo­geys from holes 13 through 15 over the Bay Course at Seav­iew be­fore bounc­ing back with a birdie at No. 16 to tie Thomp­son.

Need­ing an ea­gle to force a play­off af­ter reach­ing the green in two, she just missed a 45-foot putt to tie and had to settle for a birdie, giv­ing her a 70 and se­cond place, one stroke back at 202.

PGA TOUR CHAM­PI­ONS: Scott McCar­ron had three birdies on the back nine to pull away for a 5-un­der 67 and a three-shot vic­tory in the Ja­pan Cham­pi­onship in Chiba.

McCar­ron, who fin­ished at 13un­der 203 at Narita Golf Club, won for the third time this year to ex­tend his lead in the Charles Sch­wab Cup. It was his fourth straight year of mul­ti­ple vic­to­ries.

Billy An­drade (68) and Kirk Triplett (69) tied for se­cond.

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