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Rory McIlroy Wins British Open for 3rd Major

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy holds up the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 20, 2014. McIlroy won the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake with a final round of 71. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman won with a seventeen under par total of 271, two strokes clear of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake on Sunday. 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. (Photo by ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy holds up the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 20, 2014. McIlroy won the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake with a final round of 71. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman won with a seventeen under par total of 271, two strokes clear of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake on Sunday. 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. (Photo by ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the British Open to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy led by six shots going into the final round and never let anyone closer than two shots. He closed with a 1-under 71 for a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

Garcia put up the biggest fight. He was two shots behind when he left a shot in the pot bunker right of the 15th green and made bogey. Birdies on two of the last three holes were not enough to catch McIlroy.

McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship. He joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players with three different majors at age 25 or younger.

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