Hoylake: Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake yesterday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler before bagging his first British Open title.
Rory McIlroy celebrates the British Open win with his mother Rosie in Hoylake, England yesterday
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. He also becomes the second most successful British golfer of the modern era behind the six major titles won by Nick Faldo.
The Irishman closed with a 71 for a 17-under par total of 271, two strokes clear of Garcia, who closed with a 66 and Fowler with a 67. A further two strokes back came American Jim Furyk with a final round of 65. Australians Adam Scott (66) and Marc Leishman (65) were on 12 under.
McIlroy said: "It feels incredible. Today wasn't easy, a few guys were making runs at me, I needed to stay focused and concentrate. To win three legs of the four majors at 25 is a pretty good achievement, it is not going to sink in for a while."