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Sunday, 20 July 2014
Rory McIlroy celebrates his two stroke victory  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy celebrates his two stroke victory (Getty Images)

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SUNDAY JULY 20, 2014 – THE 143rd OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

* His seventh European Tour International Schedule victory in his 138th European Tour event.

* Moves to €2,634,932 and to the top of The Race to Dubai.

* The fourth time during his European Tour career he has won more than €2 million in a single European Tour season.

* Could move to second in the Official World Golf Ranking from eighth.

* His first victory in The Open Championship in his seventh appearance.

* This victory beats his previous best Open Championship performance of tied third in 2010.

* His third Major Championship victory from his 24 Major appearances. Now has nine top ten finishes from those 24 events.

* Becomes the first Northern Irishman to win three Major titles.

* Becomes the second player from Northern Ireland to win The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, following Fred Daly in 1947. (This was the first Irish Major victory).

* Becomes the third Northern Irishman to win The Open Championship following Fred Daly (1947) and Darren Clarke (2011) and the fifth Irish victory overall in The Open Championship, alongside Padraig Harrington (2007-08).

* Becomes the 16th player in Major Championship history to win three of the four Major Championships. (Is just the second of the 16 to have won three different Majors, 2011 US Open, 2012 USPGA Championship and 2014 Open Championship for their three Major victories. The other player is Tommy Armour, who won the 1927 US Open, 1930 US PGA Championship and 1931 Open Championship).

* Becomes the 44th different player to win at least three Major Championships.

* Follows Phil Mickelson in 2013 and make The Open Championship their third different Major they have won.

OTHER FACTS

* Becomes the first player to win their first three Majors since Padraig Harrington, when he won the 2007-08 Open Championship and 2008 US PGA Championship.

* Becomes the third youngest player in Major Championship history to win three of the four different Major titles, aged 25 years and 77 days. The youngest two are: Jack Nicklaus (23 years and 181 days) and Tiger Woods (24 years and 171 days).

* Becomes the seventh youngest player in Major Championship history to win their first three Major titles, aged 25 years and 77 days. He is behind: Young Tom Morris (19 years and 148 days), Gene Sarazen (21 years and 172 days), Jack Nicklaus (23 years and 181 days), Bobby Jones (24 years and 115 days), Tiger Woods (24 years and 171 days) and Willie Anderson (24 years and 261 days).

* Becomes the youngest winner of The Open Championship aged 25 years and 77 days, since Tiger Woods, who was 24 years and 206 days when he won in 2000.

* Becomes the youngest winner of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, aged 25 years and 77 days, beating the previous record of Peter Thomson, who was 26 years and 318 days in 1956.

* Becomes only the sixth European Tour Member to win three or more Major titles, following Sir Nick Faldo (six), Seve Ballesteros (five), Ernie Els (four) and Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington (both three).

* Bet Seve Ballesteros’ record for being the youngest European Tour Member to win three Majors, aged 25 years and 77 days. Ballesteros was 26 years and two days when he won his third Major at the 1983 Masters Tournament.

* Becomes the first European Tour Member to win three of the four Major Championships.

* Becomes the third European-born player to win three of the four Majors, following Jim Barnes and Tommy Armour. (Armour went to the United States and became a US citizen before he won his three Major Championships).

* The 48th Major Championship victory by a European Tour Member since 1979.

* The second consecutive Major Championship won by a European, following Martin Kaymer at the US Open Championship. Is the first time Europeans have won successive Majors since Rory McIlroy (2011 US Open) and Darren Clarke (2011 Open Championship).

* The second consecutive Major Championship won by a European, following Martin Kaymer at the US Open Championship. Is the first time European Tour Members have won successive Majors since Ernie Els (2012 Open Championship) and Rory McIlroy (2012 US PGA Championship).

* Won The Open Championship in wire-to-wire fashion. The second of his three Major titles he has won in this fashion, following the 2011 US Open Championship.

* Becomes the tenth wire-to-wire winner in Open Championship history to win with no ties.

* The first Open Championship winner to win wire-to-wire with no ties at Royal Liverpool.

* The second consecutive wire-to-wire Major Champion, following Martin Kaymer at the US Open Championship.

* The only instances in Major Championship history that successive Major Championships have been won in wire-to-wire history are: The1971 Open Championship where Lee Trevino won. This was followed by Jack Nicklaus at the 1972 Masters Tournament and Nicklaus again at the 1972 US Open. The next was in 2005 by Tiger Woods at The Open Championship and Phil Mickelson at the US PGA Championship. (However, this would be the first time in history that consecutive Majors have been won wire-to-wire style with no ties in any of the rounds, by Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy respectively. (In 1971 Lee Trevino won The Open Championship wire-to-wire with ties and Jack Nicklaus won the Masters Tournament with no ties but won wire-to-wire with ties at the US Open. Mickelson won the 2005 US PGA Championship wire to wire with ties also).

* The third of his European Tour victories he has won in wire-to-wire fashion. They are: 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, 2011 US Open Championship and 2014 Open Championship.

* The sixth wire-to-wire winner of the season overall and five with no ties. The five are: Alejandro Cañizares (Trophée Hassan II), Lee Westwood (Maybank Malaysian Open), Martin Kaymer (US Open Championship), Mikko Ilonen (Irish Open) and Rory McIlroy (The 143rd Open Championship). This a record for a single European Tour season of wire-to-wire winners with no ties. (The other wire-to-wire winner was Patrick Reed (WGC – Cadillac Championship who tied for the lead after round two).

* The fifth of his seven European Tour wins where he had led going into the final round.

* The 12th player this season to win after leading or sharing the lead going into the final round.

* The 64th time in Open Championship history the third round leader has gone onto win.

* His winning total of 271 is the second lowest at Royal Liverpool, behind Tiger Woods in 2006.

* His winning total in relation to par of 17 under is the fourth best in Open Championship history

* Following his victory at the 2014 BMW PGA Championship and now The 143rd Open Championship he becomes only the second multiple winner this season, following Miguel Angel Jiménez (Hong Kong Open and Open de España).

* The third time during his European Tour career he has recorded multiple victories in the same season. The other two were 2011 and 2012, both his previous Major wining years.

* Becomes the fifth player after Tony Jacklin, Arnold Palmer, Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros to win the BMW PGA Championship and The Open Championship, but the first to achieve the feat in the same year.

* The 52nd Northern Irish win in European Tour history.

* The 100th Irish victory overall in European Tour history, 52 by Northern Ireland and 48 by the Republic of Ireland.

* Moves over €19 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.

* Gains his largest European Tour prize of €1,223,499.

* Extends his European Tour exemption until the end of the 2021 season.

* Gains a place in the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

* Moves to 3,051,297 in the 2014 European Ryder Cup Points Table and 358.26 in The Ryder Cup World Points List.

* The 13th victory as a professional and second of 2014 following the BMW PGA Championship.

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