Rory McIlroy

2014 / Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy dominated the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool and deservedly became Champion Golfer of the Year for the first time.

Only an exciting final-day charge from Sergio Garcia (66), with an eagle at the 10th before leaving his ball in a bunker at the 15th, and Rickie Fowler finishing fast for a 67 cut McIlroy’s winning margin to two strokes. 

Though his overnight six-stroke lead dwindled alarmingly early in the round, he held firm with a steady 71 good enough for a 17-under-par total of 271.

McIlroy became the third Northern Irish winner after Fred Daly, also at Hoylake in 1947, and Darren Clarke (2011). 

At 25 years and 77 days, McIlroy was the third-youngest player to achieve the third leg of the modern Grand Slam at the time, after Jack Nicklaus (23 years, 181 days) and Woods (24 years, 171 days). He was also the seventh player to lead outright after every round.

Remarkably, that was the second time he had won a major wire-to-wire, having done so at the 2011 US Open at Congressional.

An opening 66 was followed by another six-under effort, before a 68 on the third day. He had been briefly caught by Fowler but responded with two eagles in the last three holes, a five-iron to 11 feet and a superb approach at the 18th. 

Saturday’s round was notable for being the first ever in the history of The Open to be conducted with a two-tee start as play was brought forward due to the threat of a thunderstorm.

After sealing Sunday victory, McIlroy said: “It wasn’t easy. There were a few guys who were making a run at me so I had to stay focused and get the job done.” 

There was a hug for his mother, Rose, as he walked off the 18th green. She had not been present at either of his previous major victories and at the prize-giving he brought the house down by saying: “This one’s for you, mum.”

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Rory McILROY
1
66
66
68
71
271
-17
T2
68
70
69
66
273
-15
T2
69
69
68
67
273
-15
Jim FURYK
4
68
71
71
65
275
-13
T5
69
72
70
65
276
-12
Adam SCOTT
T5
68
73
69
66
276
-12
T7
71
67
72
67
277
-11
Edoardo MOLINARI
T7
68
73
68
68
277
-11
Shane LOWRY
T9
68
75
70
65
278
-10
Graeme McDOWELL
T9
74
69
68
67
278
-10
Victor DUBUISSON
T9
74
66
68
70
278
-10
Ryan MOORE
T12
70
68
73
68
279
-9
Robert KARLSSON
T12
69
71
70
69
279
-9
T12
71
65
71
72
279
-9
T15
68
70
75
67
280
-8
David HOWELL
T15
72
70
70
68
280
-8
Stephen GALLACHER
T15
70
72
70
68
280
-8
George COETZEE
18
70
69
74
68
281
-7
Angel CABRERA
T19
76
69
70
67
282
-6
T19
73
71
69
69
282
-6
Chris KIRK
T19
71
74
68
69
282
-6
Matteo MANASSERO
T19
67
75
68
72
282
-6
Chris WOOD
T23
75
70
73
65
283
-5
T23
74
70
71
68
283
-5
T23
72
70
69
72
283
-5
Thomas BJORN
T26
70
71
76
67
284
-4
Ben MARTIN
T26
71
73
70
70
284
-4
Brian HARMAN
T26
72
73
68
71
284
-4
Byeong Hun AN
T26
72
71
69
72
284
-4
T26
69
71
71
73
284
-4
T26
72
72
67
73
284
-4
D A POINTS
T32
75
69
72
69
285
-3
Hunter MAHAN
T32
71
73
72
69
285
-3
David HEARN
T32
70
73
71
71
285
-3
Kristoffer BROBERG
T32
70
73
70
72
285
-3
T36
70
68
76
72
286
-2
T36
71
75
67
73
286
-2
Branden GRACE
T36
71
72
69
74
286
-2
Brendon TODD
T39
73
73
74
67
287
-1
Koumei ODA
T39
69
77
74
67
287
-1
T39
72
73
73
69
287
-1
T39
69
74
73
71
287
-1
T39
75
69
72
71
287
-1
Thongchai JAIDEE
T39
72
72
72
71
287
-1
Kevin STADLER
T39
73
72
71
71
287
-1
Marc WARREN
T39
71
68
72
76
287
-1
T47
71
75
73
69
288
-
Gregory BOURDY
T47
75
69
74
70
288
-
T47
74
71
73
70
288
-
T47
71
75
71
71
288
-
T51
73
73
75
68
289
1
Jason DUFNER
T51
70
74
74
71
289
1
Bill HAAS
T51
70
72
73
74
289
1
T54
73
71
74
72
290
2
Matt JONES
T54
71
74
72
73
290
2
T54
76
70
70
74
290
2
Kevin STREELMAN
T54
72
74
69
75
290
2
Ryan PALMER
T58
74
71
76
70
291
3
Jamie MCLEARY
T58
73
73
75
70
291
3
John SENDEN
T58
71
74
75
71
291
3
T58
73
73
74
71
291
3
Chris RODGERS
T58
73
71
73
74
291
3
Brandt SNEDEKER
T58
74
72
71
74
291
3
Billy HURLEY III
T64
73
72
76
71
292
4
T64
75
71
73
73
292
4
Luke DONALD
T64
73
73
71
75
292
4
Charley HOFFMAN
T67
74
72
76
71
293
5
T67
68
77
74
74
293
5
69
69
77
73
75
294
6
Martin KAYMER
70
73
72
72
79
296
8
Matt EVERY
71
75
71
73
78
297
9
Rhein GIBSON
72
72
74
74
78
298
10
WD
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Hiroshi IWATA
M/C
70
77
-
-
-
M/C
Nick WATNEY
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
Shawn STEFANI
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
Graham DELAET
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
70
77
-
-
-
M/C
Oliver FISHER
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
Dawie VAN DER WALT
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
Ashley CHESTERS
M/C
70
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
KJ CHOI
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
Paul MCKECHNIE
M/C
76
71
-
-
-
M/C
Oscar FLOREN
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
Yoshinobu TSUKADA
M/C
69
78
-
-
-
M/C
Brendon DE JONGE
M/C
78
70
-
-
-
M/C
Cheng-tsung PAN
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Boo WEEKLEY
M/C
69
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Ryo ISHIKAWA
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
77
71
-
-
-
M/C
Ross FISHER
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Paul DUNNE
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Cameron TRINGALE
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Erik COMPTON
M/C
71
77
-
-
-
M/C
Hyung-Sung KIM
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
Freddie JACOBSON
M/C
70
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Mikko ILONEN
M/C
70
78
-
-
-
M/C
Harris ENGLISH
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
Brett RUMFORD
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
John SINGLETON
M/C
78
70
-
-
-
M/C
Hyung-Tae KIM
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Scott STALLINGS
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Yusaku MIYAZATO
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
George McNEILL
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Rhys ENOCH
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
71
-
-
-
M/C
Juvic PAGUNSAN
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Jonas BLIXT
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTANO
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Matthew BALDWIN
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Anirban LAHIRI
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Victor RIU
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
YE YANG
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Ashun WU
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
JB HOLMES
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jamie DONALDSON
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Chesson HADLEY
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Justin WALTERS
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Masanori KOBAYASHI
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Bernd WIESBERGER
M/C
72
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Pablo LARRAZABAL
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Richard STERNE
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Tomohiro KONDO
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Brendan STEELE
M/C
74
80
-
-
-
M/C
Scott JAMIESON
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Roberto CASTRO
M/C
74
81
-
-
-
M/C
Russell HENLEY
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
Jin JEONG
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Bradley NEIL
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Chris HANSON
M/C
81
74
-
-
-
M/C
Matthew SOUTHGATE
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Chris STROUD
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Peter UIHLEIN
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
Dong-Kyu JANG
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
Joost LUITEN
M/C
81
76
-
-
-
M/C
Mark WIEBE
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
82
84
-
-
-
M/C
Bryden MACPHERSON
M/C
90
80
-
-
-
M/C
Michael HOEY
WD
75
-
-
-
-
M/C

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