I think the objective any time you come to play a tournament should be to try and lift the trophy at the end of the week. McIlroy said he's never seen anything like it in his career. Thinking of putting a statement out on Twitter and saying I appreciate everyone's concern. But after his 64-61 weekend north of the border, in which he flirted with 59 and authored a seven-shot victory at the RBC Canadian Open, he could be on the verge of an epic season even by his lofty standards. He's also made it clear that the Canadian Open can serve as a good tune-up event for next week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. "I think what they've been able to do here is right on the limit of fun, but still in keeping with the traditions of the game, so I think it's been awesome".
Canadian Adam Hadwin carded a 70 to finish alone in sixth. I'm excited. Got to make short putts, long putts at the U.S. Open to contend, and so I'm excited for next week. "I've kind of been conservatively aggressive".
McIlroy made four straight birdies on the back nine, starting at the par-four 11th, to put himself in contention to become just the sixth player in history to win a tournament with closing score of 59.
"I seem to get pretty good support most places I go, I'm not sure if it's due to their Irish roots, but for whatever reason they seem to be very vocal out there".
McIlroy had the shot of the day on the par-four 15th when his approach shot from 130 yards away narrowly missed the cup, setting up a 10-inch birdie putt.
McIlroy won The Players Championship in March but has not seriously contended since.
While Hughes was playing par golf, McIIroy birdied the first two holes to extend his lead over Kuchar and Simpson.
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Simpson (68) fell into a tie for second with Shane Lowry (67).
As a result, McDowell is now assured of his place in the Open, while also taking real momentum into the second major of the year next week on the Monterey peninsula. "Just fancied it, I saw it, liked the way it looked, and when I saw it go in it was a huge relief".
McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week's Memorial tournament, had a bogey free round with six birdies.
The idea is to make "The Rink" one of golf's most identifiable marquee holes much like "The Island" hole at the Players Championship and the raucous 16th at the Phoenix Open. Brandt Snedeker and Kuchar finished tied for fourth at -13.
Ally McDonald was third, three shots back.
The Northern Irishman, who began the final round in a three-way tie for the lead, birdied nine of his first 14 holes to reach 22 under par, and though he dropped his first shot of the day at the par-three 16th, an eagle three at the 17th meant another birdie at the last would give him a round of 59.
McCarron, finished at 13-under 203 as he won for the third time this year.