McIlroy surges into share of lead at Canadian Open

Ireland's Shane Lowry tosses a ball as he waits on the 14th tee during the first round of the Canadian Open golf tournament Thursday

Ireland's Shane Lowry tosses a ball as he waits on the 14th tee during the first round of the Canadian Open golf tournament Thursday

I definitely got into that a little bit today at the start of the back nine.

"Yeah,'s um. Yeah", said McIlroy with a visible wince. "It's nearly like you're out of your own body and looking at yourself play". "If you can do that I don't need to take any unreasonably risky chances. Sort of comes and goes".

Jung now plies his trade on the PGA Tour China where he has won twice, most recently the Beijing Championship in May. He turned the major-championship tuneup into a career highlight, becoming the sixth player to win national championships in the U.S., Britain and Canada.

Masters champion Tiger Woods returns to the course where he won the US Open by 15 shots in 2000. McIlroy also counts the Hong Kong Open (2011) toward his national-championship tally.

"Some of the greats of the game have won this trophy".

"It was awesome. I'm sure you guys can look it up if that's ever happened before or not, but that's pretty incredible", said Hadwin of the four consecutive pairings with Canadians.

"I wanted to be aggressive from the start, I was, four-under through five holes and that really established I was in control of this tournament".

The Toronto Raptors, who play their home games only 40 miles away from the course on which McIlroy enjoyed his seven shot win, could make history tonight by becoming the first team outside the US to win the National Basketball Association title.

He tried to hole the 35-foot sand shot but his ball trickled past the hole and he made a bogey after missing a sharply-breaking seven-foot putt.

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But he found the bunker on the right of the green. Hughes did bogey the 13th today, one of two squares on his scorecard, but got it back with a birdie on 14 before ending with a string of pars.

Sloan, who has played in five Canadian Opens and made the cut three times, is excited to be playing on the Saturday and Sunday of the only PGA Tour event on home soil. "I kind of thought we're playing for second now". "Just putting my foot down and really making this tournament mine", McIlroy said.

"I've done a lot of really good things", said Hadwin. I was thinking of trying to shoot 59.

He settled for his 16th PGA Tour victory and 25th win worldwide, and the fourth by at least seven shots.

Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian victor of the event since 1954, closed with a 70 and finished sixth, 10 shots back.

World number one Brooks Koepka shot an even-par 70 on Sunday to finish tied for 50th place. "The chant that they had going before I hit there off on 13, I would imagine it wasn't much different for Ben [Silverman], Nick [Taylor], or Mackenzie [Hughes]".

This year's Open will be the first in Northern Ireland since its only previous visit to Royal Portrush in 1951.

"I mean, the first round I wasn't trying to do anything insane and the potential was will to shoot 8- or 9-under par".

McIlroy, making his first appearance at the event in Ontario, is trying to bounce back after failing to make the cut at the Memorial tournament in OH last week, his first missed cut of the season.

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