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Rory McIlroy claims his first Open title

The Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy managed to claim his first ever Open Championship and his third major title after winning the US Open and PGA Championship in 2011 and 2012 respectively. After his 2014 Open Championship victory, Rory McIlroy has joined the likes of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to have won three major titles before the age of 26.  Rory McIlroy, who turned 25 in May, only has to win the Masters tournament before the end of his career so he can say he claimed a Grand Slam.

Rory McIlroy edges ahead of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler

Rory McIlroy managed to win the Open Championship by 2 shots ahead of Spain’s Sergio Garcia and American Rickie Fowler, who both managed to score a total of 15 under par after 4 rounds. America’s Jim Furyk finished third, scoring -13, whilst 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott finished joint fourth along with Marc Leishman with a score of -12. Golfing legend Tiger Woods didn’t have a good tournament at all as he only managed to get a score of +6. Before starting the tournament, Woods admitted that his only goal was to win the tournament, after coming back from injury.

Three time major winner, Rory McIlroy commented on his triumph, “It feels incredible. It wasn’t easy – there were a few guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused. To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement. The lead never got less than two. I always felt I had that little bit of a cushion. I knew I had some holes where I could make birdie and 16 was the real hole for me which I think settled the championship.” McIlroy dedicated this win to his mother as it was the first major victory his mother had seen him playing in.

Author Daniel Foster.
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