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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the RBC Canadian Open

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, Rory McIlroy ran away from the field. McIlroy shot a 61 to claim his second title of the year, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at the RBC Canadian Open.

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Rory McIlroy blitzed Hamilton Golf and Country Club shooting a total of 22-under par, and unsurprisingly, the Ulsterman produced a devastating performance tee to green. McIlroy gained 15.3 strokes over the field tee to green for the week, which is the second-best performance of his career in this area. Additionally, McIlroy gained almost six strokes on the greens – his best performance with the flat-stick in over a year. Check out the clubs McIlroy did the damage with here.

Webb Simpson has had an uneasy relationship with his flat-stick throughout his career, but recently the American has looked as good as anyone on the greens. Last week, Simpson gained 9.1 strokes over the field with his putter – the third-best total of his career.

Matt Kuchar warmed up for this week’s U.S. Open in solid fashion, and much of the 40-year-old’s good work in Canada was done through his putter. Kuchar gained 8.2 strokes on the green last week, which is only his second-best total of 2019 in this area having gained 9.5 strokes with his putter at the Heritage. Not too shabby.

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Bubba Watson suffered a miserable week at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and the left-hander lost almost six strokes to the field for his approach play over the four days. That negative total is Watson’s worst in this area for three years.

Dustin Johnson looked out of sorts for much of his time in Canada, and the 34-year-old’s short game was the culprit. Johnson dropped a combined 3.1 strokes to the field on and around the greens for the four days of action.

Brooks Koepka is another man whose short game looked rusty north of the border. Koepka lost a combined 2.8 strokes to the field on and around the greens – his worst performance in this area since February.

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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