McIlroy Wins British Open By 2 Strokes
Monday Jul 21, 2014 12:00am
(HOYLAKE, ENGLAND) - Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson. In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam. And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal. The 25 year old finished at 17 under 271, and was the first wire-to-wire winner of the British Open since Woods did it in 2005. Staked to a six-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back every challenge. He made two key birdies around the turn, and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1 under 71. McIlroy won by two shots over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. It was the first time two straight majors were won wire to wire. Martin Kaymer did it last month at Pinehurst No. 2, taking the U.S. Open by eight shots.