PGA Tour officials couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario than the final round of the RBC Canadian Open – and frankly, they really need something like this. While rival LIV Golf Invitational Series, with its huge guaranteed deals, wrapped up its first event in London on Saturday, the tour can counter with a star-studded final trio playing for a title at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy and Tony Finau, tied at 11 under, and Justin Thomas a shot back at 10 under, have a combined total of 37 PGA Tour wins, six majors and an average world ranking of 10.7.
For each of the trios there is a particular incentive to achieve victory, providing additional intrigue for the final round:
• A victory for McIlroy would be the 21st of his career on the Tour, but the first time he has defended a tournament title (he won the Canadian Open in 2019, the last time the event took place due to cancellations of COVID-19 tournaments in 2020 and 2021). It would also mean McIlroy closed a tournament for the ninth time in 15 tries while leading or carrying part of the lead in the final round.
• A victory for Finau would be the first time in five tries that he managed to close the score after leading after 54 holes.
• A win for Thomas would push the 29-year-old past the $50 million mark in career earnings, becoming the 13th player to do so.
As if that trio weren’t impressive enough, three-time 2021-22 season winner Sam Burns who, but for Scottie Scheffler’s impressive rise in 2022, would also be sitting a shot back and playing in the penultimate group to be the main candidate for the player of the year tour. He could still threaten for the title if he were to sneak in with another win on Sunday.
The St. George’s winner takes home a cash prize of $1.566 million out of an overall purse of $8.7 million. Here are the prize money for the entire field. Check back later after the tournament is over and we’ll update things with individual names and cash payouts.