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Weeks After Suffering a $3,000,000 Setback, Rory McIlroy Eyes Elusive PGA Tour Record With Latest Commitment

Published 05/02/2023, 3:45 AM EDT

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The legendary event, Canadian Open was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic. It was then organized in 2022, but it couldn’t capture the magic of the previous events. But for 2023, the road to the “legacy event” is back.

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The Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto will see the best players of golf such as Matt Fitzpatrick, major champion Shane Lowry, Ryder Cup stalwart Tommy Fleetwood, Sam Burns, and Cameron Young. Rory McIlroy will also be joining in to play next month and he is looking forward to being one of the few with a rare PGA record to his name. 

Rory McIlroy eyes the rare record at the historic Canadian Open


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RBC Canadian Open was first played in 1904 and is one of the oldest golf tournaments. Plat Fetcher was the last Canadian to win the tournament back in 1954. The tournament is just not about golf, but also a cultural event. A concert series is typically held on the second and third nights of the tournament.

McIlroy missed two designated PGA events and incurred $3 Million for his absence but it’s not all doom and gloom for the Norwegian.


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In all the excitement and joy, it was confirmed by the RBC Canadian Open Twitter that the best of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy, will be competing next month in Toronto. What is even more amazing is that he is a two-time defending champion of this prestigious tournament. 

McIlroy’s first victory at Canadian Open came in 2019, followed by his second win, 2 years later, in 2022. He will be going for a three-peat at the RBC Canadian Open. 

Emerging as winners of the same event thrice or four times is a rare sight at the PGA Tour. McIlroy is not the only one who is looking at the rare three-peat in the near future. 

The Norwegian PGA Tour Pro looks forward to marking a historic win

Viktor Hovland is aiming to make history this week in Mexico by winning the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba for the third year. Securing a win would make him only the 10th man to achieve this feat since World War II.


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Hovland emerged victorious in the 2020 edition of the tournament with an impressive score of 20-under, winning by a single shot over Aaron Wise. In the following year, he set a new tournament record by shooting 23-under and winning by a margin of four strokes.

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According to PGA Tour, out of the last nine men who achieved a three-peat in golf, seven have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. These golf legends include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, and Gene Littler, all of whom achieved the feat since World War II. The most recent golfer to win three consecutive times is Steve Stricker. He accomplished this feat by winning the John Deere Classic in 2009-11.


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Riya Singhal

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Riya Singhal is a promising golf writer at EssentiallySports. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers with a strong passion for golf writing. Despite being in her early days, Riya has already showcased exceptional talent in her coverage of the sport, with her article on Brooks Koepka's kind gesture towards a young fan after his Masters loss quickly rising to the top of the charts.

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