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  • RORY MCILROY WINS 143RD OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Captures third major
  • Winning score of 271 (-17)
  • Closing 71 to win by two from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler
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  • By Dave Clark, Adrian Millerick and Roddy Williams at Hoylake
19:17

Well, that's it from us now at the end of a simply magnificent Open Championship. The Live Blog will be back in the near future but until then, we'll leave you with one more pic of the man of the moment....

Rory McIlroy - 2014 Open Champion

 

 

19:08

Well time now to hear from The 2014 Open Champion - Rory McIlroy

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19:04

And how about a word from the man who was with Rory every step of the way - his caddie JP Fitzgerald.

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19:02

We also hear from Rory McIlroy's countryman Graeme McDowell as he gives his reaction to Rory's victory.

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18:55

Full credit to Sergio Garcia as he finished joint runner-up with Rickie Fowler and let's hear what he had to say.

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18:51

DAY 4 IN NUMBERS:

3 – players to have won three majors at the age of 25 – Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and now Rory

12 – under par for McIlroy on the back nine this week – no other player played the closing holes better

10 – under par for Sergio Garcia on the front nine. The best total in the field.

7 – was the hardest hole on the course, the par four averaging 4.366

12 – under for McIlroy on the par fives this week, where his length from the tee helped greatly

23 - most birdies this week from Rickie Fowler

6 – over par for Tiger Woods in the opening two holes at Royal Liverpool throughout the week

10 – the easiest hole at Royal Liverpool, averaging just 4.578

68 – four under par finish for five-time Open Champion Tom Watson on Sunday

22 – putts for Koumei Oda on his way to a final round 67

368 – longest drive of the week from powerhouse Dustin Johnson at the 16th today

18:15

Indeed Greg Fortune, Fowler’s performances in the majors of late have been exciting. And Sergio seems like a much happier performer nowadays. If both can stay steady, then you’d think their time will come. And then who knows from there? Once you win one, everything gets easier, or so they say. Just look at the man holding the Claret Jug right now.

18:05

What a day it’s been for McIlroy. He’s going to be the man in the spotlight over the next few weeks and comparisons with Tiger’s career will only continue. A move from eighth up to second in the Official World Golf Rankings will be the icing on the cake for Rory. 

 

17:53

Rory’s win has also brought up the 100th Irish victory overall in European Tour history since 1972, with 52 of those being for Northern Ireland and 48 for the Republic of Ireland. McIlroy's final total was 271 after shooting 66-66-68-71.

 

 

17:48

They don’t mess about with these presentations do they?! Good to see if you ask me as Garcia and Fowler pick up their prizes after finishing in a tie for second. And now it’s over to Rory, who composes himself before delivering a mature and impressive winner’s speech. Much like his golf this week then. Although the 25 year old does draw a few boos by mentioning he’s a Manchester United fan, but recovers well – it’s all in the name of banter anyway.

 

17:45

With this win - Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy becomes the first Northern Irishman to win three Major titles as he claims The Open Championship by two shots at Royal Liverpool.

17:40

As the presentation gets under way down by the 18thgreen, we should take a moment to praise the fans at Royal Liverpool, who’ve passionately supported all the players throughout what’s been a fine week. The occasion got the better of one or two towards the end there, but apart from that, it was wonderful to see so many fans of all ages enjoying some world class golf. A quick look at a few stats now and it’s interesting to see Rickie Fowler finished with the most birdies this week – 23. McIlroy was tied first for the par fives, having played them in 12 under par. Rory was also the back nine champion, having played the closing holes in the same number. Sergio was a beast one the front nine meanwhile, playing it in ten under.

 

17:35
17:35

Not only does Rory have the prestigious Claret Jug, but he has the honour of joining golfing greats Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only men to have won three major titles by the age of 25. Wow. Anyone who thought today was a foregone conclusion was mistaken. McIlroy had to really dig deep there. And what a good advert the top three are for the game of golf. Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia, who both finished on 15 under par for the Championship, found time to congratulate McIlroy. The Spaniard dishing out a big hug down by the scorers hut. Some European camaraderie there. 

 

17:27

He's got three putts for it, but only needs two. A brilliant wire-to-wire victory for McIlroy, who held off assaults on all fronts as several of the world's best players came at him with birdies and eagles left, right and centre during the final round. The 25 year old is a Masters Tournament victory away from the career grand slam. Roddy and Adrian are on hand to bring you all the reaction from a remarkable final day at Royal Liverpool...

17:26

RORY MCILROY WINS THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP!

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