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British Open glory for mighty Rory McIlroy

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:05 AM
Spain's Sergio Garcia (left) and US golfer Rickie Fowler stand with their second place trophies beside Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (right) after finishing two strokes behind winner at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HOYLAKE, United Kingdom (AFP) - Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake on Sunday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler before bagging his first British Open title.

At 25, McIlroy joined legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to have achieved that feat by the time they were 25 and he is the first European to have won three majors.

He also becomes the second most successful British golfer of the modern era behind the six major titles won by Nick Faldo.

The Irishman closed with a 71 for a 17-under par total of 271, two strokes clear of Garcia who closed with a 66 and Fowler with a 67.

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