Rory McIlroy's Thrilling Canadian Open Win Proved The PGA Tour Is Still Top Dog
June 15, 2022 By Admin
As he walked up towards the 18th green at St George’s, Rory McIlroy couldn’t help but smile. The cheers from the grandstand were growing ever louder as he approached, and behind him, swarms of spectators were rushing to get a glimpse of the Northern Irishman as he stroked home a fine birdie to seal victory in the Canadian Open for the second year running.
The roar was deafening, with the occasional feeling more like a major championship than a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event. McIlory had come through as the victor after a thrilling final-round tussle with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau, providing the kind of entertainment that we are so used to seeing at the tail-end of these PGA tournaments. Those betting on golf didn’t know which way it was going to swing.
Rory McIlroy's Thrilling Canadian Open Win Proved He Is Still The Top Dog In PGA
The drama was in stark contrast to the opening event of the LIV Golf tour at the Century Club in Hertfordshire, England. The controversial Saudi-backed breakaway tour finally got underway, but the three days of action attracted little fanfare, as Charl Schwartzel ultimately walked away with the exorbitant winner’s cheque. Whether it was the overcast, windy conditions, the weak field of mostly ailing veterans or the sheer fact that this series of events has attracted so much controversy — the event paled in comparison to the thrilling scenes in Toronto that same weekend.
The decision of many pros to leave the PGA Tour and join LIV Golf has caused plenty of golf fans to bite their nails in fear of what the near future may hold for the sport. A rift between those who leave and those who stay seems inevitable, but McIlroy’s sensational victory in the Canadian Open provided a shot in the arm for the PGA Tour when it needed it most.
Leading the LIV Golf breakaway tour is former-pro Greg Norman, and McIlroy’s win in Toronto took him one title clear of Norman’s tally, as the Northern Irishman recorded his 21st PGA Tour title. Indeed, McIlroy, who is a staunch PGA representative, admitted afterward that he had taken extra motivation in getting the better of Norman.
Rory McIlroy's Thrilling Canadian Open Win In 2022
“I had the extra motivation of what's going on across the pond,” McIlroy said. “The guy that's spearheading that tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour, and I was tied with him, and I wanted to get one ahead of him. And I did. So that was really cool for me - just a little sense of pride on that one. This is a day I'll remember for a long, long time.”
Norman was probably watching McIlroy’s triumph and wishing that the LIV Golf events could produce such excitement, but it seems as though it will be a while before we see that kind of final-round tussle between the world’s best players. Until there are more high-profiled players on the LIV Golf circuit, those analyzing the golf tips this week will gravitate towards the PGA Tour.
For now, the PGA Tour is still the place to be in terms of atmosphere and prestige. Yes, LIV Golf might be able to offer more in the way of prize money, but many golfers value the history that PGA Tour events bring with them. McIlroy’s win at St George’s was the perfect example of how every tournament has the potential to thrill those in attendance and those watching on at home. The LIV Golf tour still has a long way to go in that regard.