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McIlroy earns share of Canadian Open lead

11 June 2019

Rory McIlroy is familiar with the feeling that golf is easy, that he can swing freely and nothing bad will happen. It was the first day of the week the American dropped multiple shots in one round.

Meanwhile, US PGA Championship victor and reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is 11 shots off the pace following a two-over-par 72.

Snedeker, who shot a tournament-record 60 on Friday, said the conditions were much tougher in the third round.

McIlroy says it's been an awesome week, and he can't wait to go back next year. "It's nearly like you're out of your own body and looking at yourself play".

McIlroy, who is preparing for the upcoming U.S. Open on June 13, added: "I controlled my ball pretty well today".

"National championships are very important". Lee Trevino (1971) and Tiger Woods (2000) are the only players to win all three in the same season, something McIlroy could do this year with victories next week at Pebble Beach and at Royal Portrush in July.

On top of the USA (2011) and British (2014) Opens, McIlroy has also won the Australian (2013) and Irish Opens (2016). McIroy also counts the Hong Kong Open (2011) as part of his national-championship tally.

"Raptors in five", he said, referencing what he's viewing as an upcoming win for the Toronto side in tonight's fifth game of the series.

"I've always enjoyed this tournament", said Sloan. I think I did pretty good.

McIlroy began the day tied atop the leaderboard with Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson, but the North Irishman was untouchable after four birdies on his first five holes.

The tap-in birdie gave him the solo lead and he never looked back, adding eight more birdies to get to nine under par for the round after 14 holes. He made four straight birdies from Nos. He described those two as things that are "definitely needed" around Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

But he missed the green on the par-4 18th, and his bunker shot went long.

Furthers birdies at the 11th and 17th improved his score to eight under but a bogey at the last recorded his second blemish of his round.

Jung now plies his trade on the PGA Tour China where he has won twice, most recently the Beijing Championship in May.

Hadwin, Hughes, Silverman and Taylor were all within four shots of the leaders after two rounds.

McIlroy's enjoyment of his time in Canada shone through Saturday after he shot a 6-under 64 to move into a tie for the lead heading into Sunday.

"I knew I couldn't get McIIroy". I was thinking of trying to shoot 59.

Lee6 said she was a little exhausted when she arrived at the Jersey Shore, but felt it was an advantage that the 54-hole ShopRite enabled her to get another day of rest.

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

Simpson (68) fell into a tie for second with Shane Lowry (67).

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

McIlroy earns share of Canadian Open lead