Rory McIlroy hits out at wedge critics after Canadian Open win

Rory McIlroy put on a wedge clinic in the final round as he defended his RBC Canadian Open title. 

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Mon, 13 Jun 2022
Rory McIlroy hits out at wedge critics after Canadian Open win

Rory McIlroy put on a wedge clinic in the final round as he successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title - and he made sure his wedge critics noted such a performance at St George's Golf & Country Club.

McIlroy fired a stunning 8-under 62 on Sunday to see out a two-shot victory over Tony Finau, capping things off beautifully with two wedge shots down the heart of the flag for birdies. 

The Northern Irishman gained 3.964 shots on the field in the final round when it came to strokes gained approach the green and he ranked fifth (6.493) in the field all week. McIlroy also ranked fifth in strokes gained around the green (3.488). 

Those stats did not go unnoticed where McIlroy was concerned, especially after having taken some heat from numerous critics about his wedge game not being in the shape it needed to be out on the PGA Tour. 

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Sky Sports on-course commentator Wayne Riley praised McIlroy for his wedge play as he handed him the microphone to speak to Sky Sports Golf's Nick Dougherty after the round. 

"Yeah, I'm a terrible wedge player apparently," replied McIlroy as he took the mic. 

Prior to the Canadian Open, McIlroy ranked 31st in 'SG: Approach the Green' and now he is up into the top 20. 

McIlroy led the field in Canada when it came to SG: Total (20.131) and SG: Tee to Green (14.203). 

He also ranked seventh in SG: Putting (5.929), which will no doubt please him heading into the US Open this week. 

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