HOYLAKE, England -- Walking off the 18 th green as the Open Championship champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy. A more relaxed Sergio Garcia pushed Rory McIlroy in the final round of the Open Championship.
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.
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 par 71 and complete his wire - to - wire victory. He finished 17 - under par to beat out Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two strokes.
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