Rory McIlroy for his third at Canadian Open

There is an air of tic-tac-toe at the Canadian Open, sponsored by the RBC

by Andrea Gussoni
Rory McIlroy for his third at Canadian Open

There is an air of tic-tac-toe at the Canadian Open, sponsored by the RBC. But there is also the feeling of a first time, for an entirely different reason. And it is precisely from this that we start: the historic main Canadian tournament, which precedes the US Open, is held for the first time at the Oakdale Country Club, in Toronto.

It is a par 72 which becomes the 37th course used in the history of the tournament; essentially continues the estrangement from Glen Abbey, which has lasted since 2018.

Rory McIlroy, schedule

It was said of the trio air. To provoke it is Rory McIlroy, potentially the first since Sam Snead to be able to conquer the event on three different routes.

Nonetheless, this being the first of the events of what is unanimously considered the Triple Crown, important scenarios open up for the Northern Irishman. Only two, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods, have in fact won the Canadian Open, US Open and Open Championship in the same year.

Limited to Canada, it would also be a particular third consecutive success, given that, if the second is from 2022, the first is from 2019 since in 2020 and 2021 Covid prevented the event from being held. Of course, McIlroy will have to watch his back very closely.

The occasion is above all for the English trio Tyrrell Hatton-Matt Fitzpatrick-Justin Rose, with the Canadian Corey Conners to enter. There is another interesting European quota, and that of Adrian Meronk. Should the Pole, in fact, finish in 15th place both alone and tied with just one other golfer, he would be guaranteed a temporary membership for the rest of the season on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy (Holywood, Northern Ireland, May 4, 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer. He is number 1 in the world rankings for 95 weeks and has been in the top ten for more than 300 weeks. This golfer has won many major tournament victories: the 2011 US Open, the 2014 British Open, and the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship.

He also came third at the 2010 and 2022 British Open and the the PGA of 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, McIlroy won the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2015 WGC Match Play, the 2015 Dubai World Championship, the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Tour Championship and the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Fed Ex Cup.

second in the 2012 WGC Match Play, third in the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship, and fourth in the 2009 and 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions.

Rory Mcilroy Canadian Open