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McIlroy claims third career major title at British Open

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Rory McIlroy is a major champion for the third time. McIlroy shot 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the 143rd Open Championship by two strokes over a game Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. Here’s a look at how things played out in the final round at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England:

Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy (-17), Sergio Garcia (-15), Rickie Fowler (-15), Jim Furyk (-13), Adam Scott (-12), Marc Leishman (-12)

What it means: McIlroy is now three legs to completing the career Grand Slam. A victory at next year’s Masters and the 25-year-old will become the sixth member of modern golf’s most reputable club. He’s the third youngest to win three different majors (Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods). McIlroy, much like Woods before him, is now challenging legends more so than his peers.

Round of the day: Garcia’s 66. Sergio did what he could to claim his first major title; the deficit was just a bit too great. He was the lone player to apply pressure to McIlroy, getting to within two strokes late on Sunday. A bunker miscue at 15 was costly, but give credit to the man for producing five birdies and one eagle.

Best of the rest: Four players shot 7-under 65, including Jim Furyk. The 44-year-old locked up his ninth Ryder Cup berth with his fourth-place finish. Furyk has five birdies and one eagle – and no bogeys – Sunday at Hoylake.

Biggest disappointment: Dustin Johnson. He started the day tied with Sergio – and in the same penultimate group – but played his front nine in 1 over. He picked up a few birdies on the back, but closed with a double bogey for an even-par 72. Runner-up goes to Tiger Woods and his 75. Woods could have given himself a big confidence boost with a solid closing number, but there’s not much to feel good about regarding his performance this week.

Quote of the Day: “I’m three legs toward completing the career Grand Slam at 25. So, I’m feeling pretty good right now.” – Rory McIlroy