Rory McIlroy wearing a Raptors jersey after winning the RBC Canadian Open was a lasting image of one of the great summers of sport Canadians have seen.
McIlroy’s sizzling nine-under 61 on Sunday powered him to a seven-shot victory at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
“By the time I got to the 14th tee, I really wasn’t thinking about winning the tournament, I was thinking of trying to shoot 59,” McIlroy said at the time. “I had to reassess my goals a little bit on the middle of that back nine. This is what I feel I can do. I’ve been able to do it before and it was nice to get back to that feeling.”
That “feeling” from the Canadian Open was one that the World No. 1 McIlroy tried to carry with him for the rest of the season. It’s no secret that a good portion of Rory’s confidence in his go-for-broke style was borne in Canada. For the rest of the season McIlroy pointed to the Canadian Open as some of the best golf he has ever played.
“I have basically achieved everything that I’ve wanted to achieve in the game, why would I be careful?” McIlroy told Postmedia earlier this year at Torrey Pines.
Here’s a lookback at Rory’s magical week in Canada in 2019: