Sunday, 22 July 2007

*His 12th  European Tour International Schedule victory in his 260th   European Tour event as a professional.


*His first Major Championship victory in his 37th    Major Championship appearance.


*Becomes just the second Irishman to win a Major Championship, joining Fred Daly, who won The Open Championship in 1947.

*Becomes the first European-born player to win a Major Championship since Paul Lawrie at The 1999 Open Championship also at Carnoustie – a gap of 31 Major Championships.


*This victory beats his best previous Major Championship performances of fifth in the US Open Championship in 2006 and tied fifth in the 1997 Open Championship, 2000 US Open Championship, 2002 Masters Tournament, and 2002 Open Championship.

*Wins The Open Championship in his 11th  appearance.


*His third top ten finish in The Open Championship from his 11 appearances – and ninth overall top ten from his Major Championship career.

*Third consecutive first-time Major Champion, following Zach Johnson (Masters Tournament) and Angel Cabrera (US Open Championship).  First time this has occurred since Phil Mickelson (2004 Masters Tournament), Shaun Micheel (2003 US PGA Championship) and Ben Curtis (2003 The Open Championship).


*His victory becomes the 32nd  Major Championship victory since 1979 by a European Tour Member.


*Becomes the 14th different European Tour Member to win a Major Championship since 1979.


*Second victory on The 2007 European Tour International Schedule, following the Irish Open.


*Third victory of 2007, following the Irish Open and Irish PGA Championship last week.


*Fourth time in his European Tour career he has recorded multiple victories in the same season.


*Joins Henrik Stenson (Dubai Desert Classic and WGC – Accenture Match Play), as the only two multiple winners on The 2007 European Tour.


*His six shot final round deficit by a winner equals the largest on The 2007 European Tour, matching that of Nathan Green at the Blue Chip New Zealand Open.


*Gains an exemption into The Open Championship until the age of 65.


*Gains a five year exemption into The Masters Tournament, the US Open Championship and USPGA Championship.


*Gains a place in the 2007 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, joining Johnson and Cabrera.


*Gains a place in the 2007 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and HSBC World Match Play Championship.


*Gains a place in the 2008 HSBC Champions.


*Extends his European Tour exemption until the end of 2017.


*Gains his largest European Tour prize of €1,106,617 (£750,000)


*Moves over €16 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.


*Moves to€2,059,507in The European Tour Order of Merit – the fourth  time he has amassed more than €2 million in a single season.


*The second Irish victory on the 2007 European Tour.


*The 41st Irish  victory on The European Tour.


*Fifth  top ten finish of the 2007 season and 89th  of his European Tour career


*His 20th  win as a professional.


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