Rory McIlroy wins 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (Pictured by Getty Images) has won the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club with a final round of one-under-par, 71, to go with earlier scores of 66, 66 and 68, for -17, 271.
Such was the quality of McIlroy’s scoring, he finished two strokes off Tiger Woods‘ British Open Championship low score record of nineteen-under-par, around the same venue in 2006.
This was a truly special performance by McIlroy, who has now recorded the third leg of winning the four golf majors in The Grand Slam. The golfer from Northern Ireland has already won the US Open and US PGA Championship. There will great hype associated with McIlroy trying to win the 4th leg at the 2015 US Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National next season.
McIlroy, carded two bogeys, two pars and five pars to go out in even par, 35. On the way home, McIlroy birdied the 10th and 15th holes, which are both par-5s. His only dropped shot on the inward half was at the 13th hole, for a back-9 of -1, 36; and a score of one under par in the final round.
The Irish golfer did not have it all his own way and was pushed by American playing partner, Rickie Fowler, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia. Fowler, never dropped a shot and Garcia got to within two strokes of McIlroy as he came down the homestretch. The two-times major champion had the luxury of a par-5 at the final hole to win by two strokes and lift The Claret Jug as winner of The Open Championship for the first time.
This is 5th major championship wins in 4 years for Northern Ireland golfers.
Rickie Fowler, became one of the few players to record all four scores in the 60s and not win The Open Championship. Fowler, fired rounds of 69, 69, 68 and 67 for a total score of -15, 273.
Rickie Fowler, has recorded the most impressive results in the 2014 Golf Majors. The U.S.Golf Star finished tied 5th at The Masters, and tied second at both the US Open and British Open.
The American golfer will now have a week off to regroup and get refreshed for the final major of the year – the 2014 USPGA Championship in two weeks time.
What a tremendous effort Spain’s Sergio Garcia put in during the final round on his way to a score of -6, 66. This goes to show, Garcia can go low when its required on the final day to win a golf major. In the final analysis, he was left far too much to do, due to the fantastic opening three rounds of the new champion, McIlroy.
Garcia, fired three birdies on the way out to reach the turn in only 32 shots. On the way home, the Spaniard birdied the 10th and ground out pars. Albeit, one regulation figure was afer a friendly bounce from the spectator stands. The Spanish golfer failed to get out of a bunker at the par-3 15th hole but made a sand save with the next shot. Garcia, bounced back to birdie the 16th and 18th holes, but eagles were required to match McIlroy.
The Spaniard will now head to the US PGA Championship with high expectations that he can mount a serious challenge to win his first major golf championship, as he certainly has the talent to do so.
Major golf champion, Jim Furyk of the USA, very quietly went about his business under the radar to finish in fourth place. The American finished by equalling the low score of the week – a seven-under-par, 65, to finish alone on -13, 275, and only four shots behind the new champion, McIlroy.
World Golf Nos.1 Adam Scott and compatriot, Marc Leishman
Five birdies on the back nine for a round of -6, 66, meant that World Golf number 1 Adam Scott finished the tournament in tied 5th place on -12. This is Australian golfer’s third consecutive top-10 finish in this event. Scott, finished level with compatriot, Marc Leishman, who finished by equalling the low score of the week – a seven-under-par, 65.
Charl Schwartzel and Edoardo Molinari
It was truly an international flavor to the top of the 2014 Open Golf Leaderboard, which included South African Charl Schwartzel (67) and Edoardo Molinari (68) of Italy, finishing tied seventh on -11, 277.
Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell
Irish golfer Shane Lowry equalled the lowest score of the week, a seven-under-par score of 65 in the final round to finish in the top-ten with major golf champion, Graeme McDowell from the north of the island, who carded a five-under-par, 67. Also on this mark was Victor Dubuisson from France, who fired a final round of two-under-par, 70.
Three Irish golfers in the top-ten is very impressive.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson saved his best for last, closing with a 4-under 68. Mickelson made five birdies Sunday, the most of any round this week for him, and took just a lone bogey at No. 7, his third of the week at the difficult par four. Mickelson finished T23.
Mickelson will leave Royal Liverpool GC remaining in search of his season’s first top 10. He has never previously made it in a season to The Open Championship with fewer than three top-10 finishes already under his belt. Of the 18 years in which he has played The Open Championship as a professional, he has averaged nearly six top-10 finishes a year before the third major of the season.
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Source: PGA TOUR