Monday - Apr 24, 2017

Rory McIlroy clinches his first Open Championship


Rory McIlroy clinches his first Open Championship

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy continued to stake his place in golfing history, winning the 2014 Open golf championship at a windswept Royal Liverpool, Hoylake course.

McIlroy’s UK Open championship means that he joins golfing legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as one of players to win three of golf’s modern major events before reaching the age of 25, with a US Masters victory required to complete a career Grand Slam, having already won the 2011 US Open and the 2012 US PGA title.

Only five players have won all four majors golfing events during the game’s long history, – Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Rory McIlroy went into the final round looking strong with a comfortable six stroke lead. Despite firing a final-round of 71 Rory still finished the Open championship 17 strokes under, with his closest challenger Sergio Garcia, who on three separate occasions came within two strokes of McIlroy, had to settle for a joint second with American Rickie Fowler on 15 under.

On the last day Garcia shot a round of 66 while this year’s US Open runner-up Fowler also did well with a last round of 67.

Jim Furyk, also of the United States matched his 2006 fourth place finish in in the British Open also held at Hoylake with a last round of 65 to end 13 under.

Although a less than impressive performance in Sunday’s final round, many sporting pundits were already predicting that this year’s tournament tournament was already in the bag for McIlroy, after his three rounds of almost perfect golf, with his two opening rounds of 66 each providing him with a four-shot cushion at the cut, followed up by a 68 on Saturday to take a six-shot lead entering the final 18 holes, thanks to a spectacular finish, with two eagles in his last three holes.

McIlroy has now become the second Northern Irishman to win the Open in the last four years following on Darren Clarke’s victory at Royal St George’s in 2011.

As far as the rest of the field was concerned , the current World number one Adam Scott ended 12 under, while defending champion Phil Mickelson failed to impress with a five under finish.

Tiger Woods, on the comeback trail and relentlessly still chasing his 15th major title, finished six over in only his second tournament since March of this year, as he recovers from back surgery.

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