Rory McIlroy Defends RBC Canadian Open Title and Wins 21st Career PGA TOUR Event; Stealth Plus Driver, Milled Grind 3 Wedges and TP5x Golf Ball Crucial in Victory

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 12, 2022) – Rory McIlroy added yet another historic PGA TOUR win to his resume with a dazzling final round performance at St. George’s Golf and Country Club to win back-to-back RBC Canadian Open titles. McIlroy’s Sunday 62 secured his 21st career PGA TOUR victory which moves him to T-31 in career PGA TOUR wins all-time. 

In the final round, McIlroy carded his first career front nine 29 on the PGA TOUR highlighted by a elecrifying display of his short game holing out for birdie on the 6th hole from off the green with his Milled Grind 3 wedge. On the back nine, McIlroy started with three consecutive birdies nearly driving the green with a 349-yard drive with his Stealth Plus Carbonwood on hole 10, a 111-yard approach shot to 19 inches with his Milled Grind 3 wedge on hole 11 and a 40-foot putt with his Spider X Hydro Blast on hole 12.

Rory McIlroy RBC Canadian Open Rors Proto

Then, on the 17th tie in a two-way tie for first, McIlroy launched a 367-yard drive, followed by a 128-yard approach shot to two-feet leading to a birdie to get to 18-under for the tournament which created a two-stroke lead. He finished in style on the 18th hole by making birdie to win at 19-under par. 

The win in Toronto is McIlroy’s second victory on the PGA TOUR in the 2021-22 season, which marked his sixth career multi-win season (2012, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2018-19, 2021-22).

Rory McIlroy WITB

  • Stealth Plus Driver 9.0° (Ventus Black 6X)
  • SIM 3-Wood 15.0° & Stealth 3-Wood 15.0° (Ventus Black 8X)
  • Stealth Plus 5-Wood 19.0° (Ventus Black 9X)
  • Rors Proto Irons 3-PW (PX 7.0)
  • Milled Grind 3 54° HB, 60° LB (PX 6.5)
  • Spider X Hydro Blast
  • TP5x
Rory Stealth Plus Driver 9.0 Face
Rory Stealth Plus Driver 9.0 Sole
Rory Stealth 5 Wood Face
Rory Rors Proto 3 Iron
Rory MG3 54 Wedge
Rory Spider Sight Line

KEY STATS TO VICTORY

Rory McIlroy RBC Canadian Open Stealth Plus Driver 3

For the week, McIlroy led the field in average driving distance at 316.8 yards and finished in the top seven in five Strokes Gained statistics:

  • Strokes Gained Tee To Green: +14.203 (1st)
  • Strokes Gained Off The Tee: +4.221 (6th)
  • Strokes Gained Approach: +6.493 (5th)
  • Strokes Gained Around The Green: +3.488 (5th)
  • Strokes Gained Putting: +5.929 (7th)

McIlroy led the field in longest drives in the following rounds on the following holes:

  • Round 2 Hole 11: 372 yards
  • Round 2 Hole 14: 375 yards
  • Round 3 Hole 17: 357 yards
  • Round 3 Hole 18: 333 yards

Additionally, in the fourth round, McIlroy had drives of:

  • Hole 2: 328 yards
  • Hole 5: 357 yards
  • Hole 7: 312 yards
  • Hole 9: 343 yards
  • Hole 10: 349 yards
  • Hole 11: 327 yards
  • Hole 17: 367 yards
  • Hole 18: 311 yards

Each of McIlroy’s rounds provided a masterclass in specific areas of his game:

  • First round: +3.542 strokes gained putting with his Spider X Hydro Blast (2nd in the field)
  • Second round: 322.2 yards driving distance and +2.16 strokes gained off the tee (3rd in the field)
  • Third round: +3.61 Strokes gained tee to green (4th in the field)
  • Fourth round: +6.82 strokes gained tee to green (2nd in the field), +1.923 strokes gained around the green (2nd in the field)
Rory McIlroy RBC Canadian Open Spider X Hydro Blast

McIlroy’s Spider X Hydro Blast and TP5x golf ball were also crucial from long range in his win over the course of his four rounds at St. George’s. McIlroy made seven putts over 20-feet for the week:

Round 1:

  • Hole 2 – 20-feet to make birdie
  • Hole 8 – 23-feet to make birdie

Round 2:

  • Hole 17: 23-feet for Birdie

Round 3:

  • Hole 4: 22-feet for Birdie
  • Hole 7: 38-feet for Birdie

Round 4:

  • Hole 2: 26-feet for Birdie
  • Hole 12: 40-feet for Birdie

RORY MCILROY CAREER NEED TO KNOW

Rory McIlroy RBC Canadian Open Stealth Plus Driver 2
  • Moves to a tie for 31st in all-time career PGA TOUR wins with 21
  • First career PGA TOUR title defense and first European to successfully defend his RBC Canadian Open title since 1920
  • Marks his sixth career multi-win season on the PGA TOUR (2012, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2018-19, 2021-22)
  • In his five years with TaylorMade, McIlroy has won:
    • 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational
    • 2018 Ryder Cup
    • 2019 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
    • 2019 RBC Canadian Open
    • 2019 TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup
    • 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions
    • 2021 Wells Fargo Championship
    • 2021 CJ CUP @ SUMMIT
    • 2022 RBC Canadian Open
  • McIlroy (33) is the second youngest player from outside the United States to reach 21 PGA TOUR wins (Harry Cooper in 1937 was 32)
  • He is the sixth player in the modern era (since first Masters held in 1934) to have 21 PGA TOUR wins and 4 majors at age 33 or younger (Woods, Watson, Nicklaus, Palmer, Nelson)
  • Rory is the fifth player in the last 50 years to reach 21 PGA TOUR WINS at age 33 or younger (Woods, Watson, Mickelson, Miller)
  • McIlroy improved to 9-for-15 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads in his career

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