Rory McIlroy: Open Championship win feels ‘incredible’
Rory McIlroy describes winning his first Open Championship as "incredible" after his two-shot victory on Sunday
Rory McIlroy described winning his first Open Championship as “incredible” after his two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on Sunday.
The Northern Irishman led the tournament from day one as he joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three of golf’s modern Majors by the age of 25.
Starting six clear, McIlroy fired a final-round 71 to finish 17 under as Garcia, who three times got to within two strokes, shot 66 and US Open runner-up Fowler 67.
To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement
“It feels incredible,” said McIlroy. “It wasn’t easy, there were a few guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused.
“To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement.
“The lead never got less than two. I always felt I had that little bit of a cushion. I knew I had some holes where I could make birdie and 16 was the real hole for me which I think settled the championship.
“This is the first major my mum has been to that I’ve won, so mum, this one’s for you. I just can’t wait to get back and defend this thing at St Andrews next year.”
Spain’s Garcia and American Fowler were tied for second, two shots behind McIlroy on 15-under par.