McIlroy finds form before US Open tilt

McIlroy finds form before US Open tilt

"You kind of feel like you have to go out and shoot a good one, and then you kind of feel like there is a good one out there", Brown said. I think I did pretty good.

Hadwin's sense of history was spot on.

One of the more interesting stories over the weekend is whether Graeme Mcdowell can find a way into the leading three players inside the top ten this week who are not already qualified for next month's Open Championship in his home country of Northern Ireland.

The 30-year-old can achieve that feat this week following his dominant victory in the RBC Canadian Open, where he closed with rounds of 64 and 61 to win by seven shots - the tournament's biggest winning margin in 67 years.

The four-times major champion finished at 22-under 258, while Ireland's Shane Lowry (67) and American Webb Simpson (68) tied for second place on 15-under.

"There's a lot of firepower ahead of me, I have to play a good round", said Hadwin, the top-ranked Canadian in the world at No. 79. "I hit some drivers after yesterday's round and got a game plan figured out as to how I wanted to set up with driver today, and it worked obviously".

"I am going to take a lot from this and I am so excited for next week (US Open)".

Hughes, from Dundas, Ont., shot a 1-under 69 to sit in sole possession of eighth at 9 under.

McIlroy's round was tied for best on the day with Jonathan Byrd, who was in share for ninth at eight under. Silverman, from Thornhill, Ont., shot a 2-over 72 to enter into a tie for 17th at 6 under.

Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian victor of the event since 1954, closed with a 70 and finished sixth, 10 shots back. He's the first player since 1983 to have one round of 59, 60 and 61 on the PGA Tour.

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Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69.3m, which included an estimated $54m in endorsements. American tennis player Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $44 million.

They are all part of a strong field at the Canadian Open which this year serves as the final tune up before the major championship US Open. The featured hole of the Canadian Open is known as the Rink because of its unique theme, with halfboards surrounding the tee, goalie helmets used to mark the box, and course officials wearing the white and black stripes of hockey referees.

"As a Canadian it's so thrilling to be out there and hearing the cheers and hearing the support".

They're in the NBA Finals against California's Golden State Warriors and victory tonight will be enough to secure success in the best-of-seven series as the Canadians are now 3-1 ahead.

As Hughes strode down the fairway he waved his arms to egg on fans as they chanted "Let's go Raptors!" "If I get a tee shot down there it'll be a wedge", said Jung.

"It is one of the I think alluring charms to this golf course", added Kuchar when referring to the suitability of the layout to all styles of play.

That seemed to help, as Hadwin sank his 50-foot chip in.

"I was hitting fairways", Silverman said as the reason why his score improved so much.

"That 13th hole there (The Rink) is pretty cool", McIlroy said on Saturday.

But he missed the green on the par-4 18th and his bunker shot went long. "It was the same that day at Portrush all those years ago", McIlroy said. "And granted, I have to work on a few things, mentally and physically, with regards to my golf game". "I've really enjoyed my time here".