Rory McIlroy Wins The 2014 Open Championship
Rory McIlroy claimed the 2014 Open Championship in convincing fashion, going wire to wire and becoming just the seventh player to go the entire event without sharing a lead overnight. McIlroy claimed his third major of his young career and got his first PGA Tour-sanctioned win since 2012.
It was an impressive performance for the 25-year old, who is now expected to slide into second of the Official World Golf Rankings.
As good as McIlroy was, he still finished just two strokes ahead of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, who finished tied for second. Fowler turned in a fine performance and gave McIlroy a run for his money, but ultimately the American fell short. Fowler continued a solid run that included a second place finish at this year’s U.S. Open, as well as a top-five finish as The Masters. He’ll be one to watch as a potential favorite in tournaments going forward, while he’s likely all but locked up a spot on Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup squad.
Garcia was no scrub here, either, as he put together a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the last stanza of the 2014 Open Championship and finished tied with Fowler for a close second to McIlroy. He actually made quite a run in the final run, but a seven-shot hole to start with proved to be too big of a hole to climb out of. The Spaniard will try to take this momentum and turn it into another top-five finish in his next event.
Other notables were Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Edoardo Molinari and Victor Dubuisson. Mickelson defended his Open Championship admirably, as he finished in a tie for 23rd but continues on in 2014 without a top-10 finish in PGA Tour events. Furyk played quite well and finished in fourth, granting him a return trip to the 2014 Masters event. Scott, Molinari and Dubuisson weren’t quite as good, but all played well enough to secure top-10 finishes.
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