Pan leads Canadian Open, McIlroy 2 back

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TORONTO (AP) Days after being blindsided by the PGA Tour's partnership with Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund, Rory McIlroy put himself in position for a run at a third straight Canadian Open title.

McIlroy, the strongest voice against Saudi-funded LIV Golf who said Wednesday he feels like a “sacrificial lamb,” shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday at tree-lined Oakdale, leaving him two strokes behind leader C.T. Pan.

The four-time major champion from Northern Ireland won in 2019 in at Hamilton, then - after the event was canceled for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic - won last year in Toronto at St. George’s amid a flurry of LIV Golf controversy. He was asked if it meant a bit more again - with the news Tuesday.