Rory McIlroy dedicates Open Championship victory to his mother
The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland fended off competition from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, to take the title
Rory McIlroy held his nerve to clinch his first Open Championship and third major title at the Royal Liverpool, dedicating the victory to his mother, Rosie, after claiming the Claret Jug by two shots.
The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland fended off competition from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, to take the title.
Rory now joins golfing greats Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only three players to win three of golf’s majors by the age of 25.
McIlroy only has the Masters left to win, to complete the Grand Slam of all four majors. This has only been done by five players in golfing history (Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen)
The week started off well for McIlroy as he carded two stunning rounds of 66 to leave the rest of the field chasing behind. His third round of 68, finished with two eagles on 16 and 18 to extend his lead further.
Coming into the final day at Hoylake, Rory had a 6 shot lead which seemed very comfortable, but was whittled down to only 2 by Sergio Garcia who carded a closing round of 66 (6 under). Rory displayed what a champion he is, by holding his nerve with a birdie on 16 and pars on 17 and 18 to end with a final round of 71 (1 under).
The young Northern Irishman was able to lift the Claret Jug as well as cashing in on a £975,000 ($1.6 million) first place prize.
Rory told the BBC "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.”