When the day started, Rory McIlroy was six shots ahead of the closest competitor, Rickie Fowler. As the final round of the Open Championship moved on that lead began to dwindle. The question then became, can Rory hold on to win his third major?
Fowler and Sergio Garcia gave it everything they had to catch McIlroy as Fowler shot a 5-under 67 and Garcia shot a 6-under 66 but it just wasn’t enough. McIlroy needed a double bogey on the 18th if there was to be a playoff and there was no way Rory was going to let that happen. On the final hole he hit is fairway shot 257 yards… with an iron and ended up in a green side bunker, which he nearly holed out on the next shot. McIlroy went on to get par on the final hole to claim his victory.
Other notable impressive rounds came from Jim Furyk who seems to always play well at the British Open. But something I could not forget to mention is that old man, Tom Watson. Watson impressed the masses when he finished with a final round of 4-under. Who does that at age 64? I sure don’t want to hear any more people complaining that Watson is taking up spots at the Open Championship from young guys. He is still one of the best in the world.
McIlroy joins Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three majors at 25 years old or younger.
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