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McIlroy seals incredible Canadian Open win as Graeme McDowell books Open spot

Rory McIlroy won the Canadian Open after an incredible final round. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Rory McIlroy won the Canadian Open after an incredible final round. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Rory McIlroy sealed an incredible win at the Canadian Open marking a double celebration for Northern Ireland as Graeme McDowell booked his place at the 148th Open Championship at his home town of Portrush.

McIlroy was on sublime form for the final round on Sunday scoring an incredible 61 to blitz away the rest of the field to finish on nine under for the day and 22 under for the tournament.

It's his 16th career PGA Tour title. He also broke the tournament record by five shots.

McIlroy said he got it going throughout the tournament and played with real freedom.

"It's exciting, not just to win but also for what it up ahead," he told Sky Sports.

"I feel good.. I feel I have the shots I need."

He said the course was great preparation for the upcoming US Open.

"I'll enjoy this maybe tonight but tomorrow I'll have my eye on something else."

It was a day for the Northern Ireland men as Graeme McDowell also secured his spot at The Open Championship at his home town of Portrush.

He needed to finish in the top 10 and a tournament score of 10 under saw him finish tied eighth overall.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the first hole during the final round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on June 09, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the first hole during the final round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on June 09, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

A 29-footer putt on the 18th was the icing on the cake for a great tournament for McDowell.

He told Sky Sports he knew there were opportunities in the coming weeks to secure his spot and was delighted to do it at the first time of asking.

He said to have seen The Open at Portrush and not be involved would have been "bitter sweet".

“It was a case of getting my head down and playing some golf. There were Open spots up for grabs and it’s nice to get the job done so I can enjoy what will be a very special week in my home town. I’m very ecstatic to be in the field."

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