Rory McIlroy: I feel like an honorary Canadian at this point

McIlroy expressed appreciation for the support from Golf Canada and RBC in making the RBC Canadian Open a memorable event

by Sead Dedovic
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Rory McIlroy: I feel like an honorary Canadian at this point
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Rory McIlroy failed to secure victory at the RBC Canadian Open, despite having had the opportunity to win this competition twice before. This year, the winner was Robert MacIntyre, who showed dedication and readiness to succeed from the first day of the tournament. The 27-year-old Scot surprised many, and together with his father, who was also his caddy, brought immense joy to Scotland and all fans of his game. 

Rory McIlroy also played a good tournament but not enough for victory. The Northern Irishman is always an attractive figure in the world of golf, and every statement of his attracts attention. Before the start of this tournament, McIlroy reflected on National Opens, putting an accent on the Scottish Open, and highlighting the importance of playing Opens. McIlroy has ambitions to make a big impact at the Opens.

"I think history and tradition and legacy are a really big part of the game of golf. This is one of the oldest championships in the world, as is, you know, the Scottish Open... yeah, the Opens definitely mean something else."- Rory McIlroy said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

McIlroy expressed appreciation for the support from Golf Canada and RBC in making the RBC Canadian Open a memorable event. He emphasized the pleasure he derives from participating in the tournament annually and intends to continue doing so as long as circumstances allow him to cross the border.

McIlroy has been part of important and prestigious tournaments that are engraved in the history of golf for years. The Northern Irishman is well aware of what victory in such tournaments entails and how important it is for a golfer.

Reflecting on the atmosphere at the Canadian Open, McIlroy emphasized that it's fantastic to compete in this tournament. The support from the crowd from day one has certainly been a huge motivation for the 35-year-old to achieve great results. Rory highlights that it's an honor for him to perform in front of such a crowd, which supports him and believes in him.

"Yeah, it's incredible. I do, I feel like, I feel like an honorary Canadian at this point and the support I get here is amazing.

I keep saying it, but just a pleasure to play in an atmosphere like that. The crowds are so good, they're so supportive, so enthusiastic."- he concluded.

The 35-year-old golfer has many challenges ahead of him. Rory McIlroy will play a large number of tournaments, but the ambitions are always the same: to achieve victory! The Northern Irishman is more motivated than ever to produce a good result, aware that he is in good form.

McIlroy expressed his satisfaction with his performance as he enters a busy period of golf tournaments. He acknowledged the desire to win every tournament but emphasized the importance of building momentum, particularly after a strong weekend at the Canadian Open, as he prepares for upcoming events like the Memorial and the U.S. Open. He sees positive signs in his game and looks forward to carrying that momentum forward.

Robert MacIntyre recently spoke about the challenges of playing on the PGA Tour. The Scot, as a rookie, faces immense difficulties adjusting to the new environment. The 27-year-old emphasized how difficult it is to adapt to an environment that is quite different from what he was used to on the DP World Tour. McIlroy is someone who also had the opportunity to play in Europe as a young player before emerging on the big stage. The 35-year-old highlighted that he understands MacIntyre, given that it's not easy for anyone to adjust to an entirely new environment. However, he believes that MacIntyre will eventually get accustomed to it.


"I can absolutely understand. It's a big culture shock compared to the place where he grew up in Oban. You know, traveling around America, it's a different world. Some people adapt a little quicker than others. Everyone has to try to find their right rhythm."- McIlroy said.

Robert MacIntyre poses with the trophy alongside his caddie and father Dougie MacIntyre and girlfriend Shannon Hartley
Robert MacIntyre poses with the trophy alongside his caddie and father Dougie MacIntyre and girlfriend Shannon Hartley© Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images Sport
 

Rory McIlroy records

Northern Ireland can be proud of his victories at the National Opens. The 35-year-old managed to win the US Open in 2011, which is probably the most important victory for him when considering the Opens. In addition, McIlroy won the Hong Kong Open in 2011 and the Australian Open in 2013. Also, one of the important victories for him is the one at The Open Championship in 2014. McIlroy had the opportunity to win the Irish Open (2016), Canadian Open (2019, 2022), as well as the Scottish Open in 2023. Such achievements speak volumes about McIlroy's greatness and his impressive performances. The 35-year-old intends to achieve many more victories at these tournaments.

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