Rory McIlroy is warming up for the US Open with his first win of the year, while Justin Rose is agonizingly close to 59 at the Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy gave himself the perfect boost ahead of the US Open as he travels to Brookline today after his first PGA Tour win since last October.

McIlroy retained the Canadian Open title he has held since 2019 – the event has been canceled for the last two years due to Covid – and then reached out to LIV series colonel Greg Norman.

Rory McIlroy defended his Canadian Open title in a perfect US Open warm-up

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Rory McIlroy defended his Canadian Open title in a perfect US Open warm-upCredit: AP
McIlroy kept his nerve for a first PGA Tour win of the year in a final -8 round

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McIlroy kept his nerve for a first PGA Tour win of the year in a final -8 roundCredit: AP

McIlroy has condemned the cash-obsessed breakaway circuit, and he admitted his 21st PGA Tour win – over a field that included five of the world’s top ten players – meant even more as he lost a lead over Norman.

McIlroy, 33, commented: “This is a day I will long remember. My 21st Tour win, one more than anyone else to mention. That was a great encouragement after everything that happened.

“It always feels good to be in the circle of winners, especially this close to a Major. I feel really good with my game.

“It took me a while to get going after the Covid break but I’ve gotten back to doing what makes me happy – and that makes me happy.”

The four-time major champion seemed on course for a comfortable win as he played the first 12 holes to a majestic eight under par to take a three-shot lead.

But an awkward three-putt on the short 13th and another bogey on the 16th allowed playing partner Justin Thomas to equalize – and it looked like the American, who won his second USPGA title last month, had the momentum seized.

But McIlroy regrouped and a brilliant birdie-birdie finish propelled him to an eight-under par 62.

That was good enough for a two-shot win over Tony Finau, with Thomas falling to third place after bogeys on 17 and 18.

Justin Rose came tantalizingly close to a stunning 59 bogeying the 18th hole

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Justin Rose came tantalizingly close to a stunning 59 bogeying the 18th holeCredit: AP

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Justin Rose previously missed a great opportunity to become the first golfer to hit a 59 with more than one bogey on his card when he blew the final hole.

Rose, 41, dropped shots on the ninth and short 16th par five – but three eagles and seven birdies on the par 70 St. Georges course meant he only needed a par to become the 12th PGA Tour star who scored a round under 60.

But with 153 yards off the flag from the semi-rough on 18, the 2013 US Open champion caught a flyer and airmailed the green.

He didn’t get up and down and had to sign for a ten under par 60 and a cut in fourth place.

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