Rory McIlroy in shared lead in Canada

Rory McIlroy in shared lead in Canada

A potential title defense at the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open is becoming increasingly important for Rory McIlroy. Along with Tony Finau, he leads the tournament after moving day, two strokes ahead of Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, Wyndham Clarke and Alex Smalley on T3.

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PGA Tour: Rory McIlroy moves closer to defending his title

From T5 after Round 1, Rory McIlroy worked his way up to the top of the tournament during Rounds 2 and 3. His best result of the week is 65 rounds on the moving day with just one bogey but still a large number of birdies. He relies a little more on precise drives and iron play than the putter which gave him so many shots in the first round.
McIlroy shared the top spot with Tony Finau, who had the best round of the week with a round of 62, working his way up the top 20. After making a few mistakes on Friday, he largely avoided them on the go and got really fast, especially in the middle of his lap. He won 5 shots on four holes from 8 to 11 and put himself in the running for victory.

But that’s all in the field of pursuers. Behind these two is none other than Justin Thomas, who with a bogey-free round of 63 made the same big moves as Finau in the leaderboard. The highlight of his round was the tap-in-the-eagle on hole 15. Together with the top he makes the final flight on Sunday.

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