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Rory McIlroy wins The British Open at Hoylake

Johnny Watterson Sun, Jul 20
 
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  • 13:35
    Welcome to the final day's play at Hoylake with Ireland's Rory McIlroy poised to win his third Major Championship. Another sunny day around Liverpool for the 25-year-old to build on his six shot lead.
    McIlroy is due out in just over an hour with Graeme McDowell teeing off at 1.40 and Darren Clarke 1.50. Both players are -5. On the course now Shane Lowry has birdied two holes thru five and also sits on -5.So he's now hoing for a strong finish to the weekend.
    I'm Johnny Watterson and will be with you for the afternoon's play...all the thrills and spills...
  • 13:37
    Tiger has just walked off the course. he's smiling maybe because his game is run. He closed with +6, a Wood and a Woodland above him on the table...
  • 13:39
    My colleague John O'Sullivan who is ably bloging all things GAA has his money on Sergio, Fowler and Frenchman Dubidobidooo...Victor Dubuisson...Interesting
  • 13:43
    McDowell tees off - the US Open winner a few years ago - draws it beautifully into the middle of the fairway. He's playing with Justion Rose. Big D is on his tail with Charl Schwartzel, his buddy for the day.
  • 13:48
    Rory is a big supporter of Ulster Rugby...so there will be a few big units up around Ravenhill Road willing on the former Sullivan Upper boy. Irish and Ulster centre Darren Cave and Rory are good mates and spent some time in Vegas a few years ago on holidays...
  • 13:57
    Crikey Schwartzel has hooked left off the first tee. Great Walloping Woods Batman he's landed it on well trodden rough and should be able to put his stick on it...
    Big D has spanked his into the rough, the ball having run out of first fairway. Need to see that one closer up...
  • 14:00
    Chris Wood shoots 65, the lowest round of the week. Four birdies to finish...Actually Big D had to play out of a bunker. He's on the first green in three....we ...all think
  • 14:01
    So Rory's dad put a bet on 10 years ago that his son would win the Open before the age of 26? Well, I'm sure he needs the money...
  • 14:03
    Lowry is going stead after a cracking start. Two early birdies and pars all the way thru 8 holes has him still at -5
  • 14:08
    McIlory is still banging balls out on the range, Rickie Fowler beside him and studiously ignoring the leader...
  • 14:14
    Adam Scott 10 shots behind McIlroy. He's on the first tee thinking...well Lawrie came back from 10 shots down to with the Open in 1999 - grasping at straws?
  • 14:15
  • 14:18
    Confusion over Big D all round. He made par on the first hole so no dropped shot and is still -5. Lowry stitches an iron to a foot at the 9th and looks set to close his front 9 with 32 and -6...
  • 14:20
    McDowell has skimmed the cup twice already. Those balls will have to drop if he is to dent the lead of his good friend..
  • 14:22
    Dubuisson sets out his stall and takes out the Big Dog on the first... Bon chance Victor (-8)
  • 14:24
    Lowry is doing his best to shake up the leaderboard and begins the back nine with another birdie. He said that attacking the course paid off earlier in the week....well he's now seven under.
  • 14:26
    Leinster Final anyone...

    Paul Mannion fouled off the ball. Bernard Brogan taps the free. Dublin 0-1 Meath 0-0
  • 14:28
    Lowry currently sits in T6 at Hoylake...
  • 14:29
    Rory and his caddy JP chatting away on the putting green looking very relaxed...
  • 14:32
    Johnson and Sergio both 7 shots behind Rory tee off. Both need a 65 at least and hope that the Irishman implodes - of course Chris Woods has already done that today so a 65 is out on the course somewhere.
  • 14:33
  • 14:36
    Bananas and chocolate in the players tunnel just before the first tee. Fowler's bagman helps himself. Rory follows....lots of people shouting at him ...all of it encouragement. He's walks down the steps and through the tunnel onto the first tee and shakes hands with starter Ivor Robson (yes the high pitched fella)...Just keep it in play Rory...
  • 14:38
    Young man's handshake between Fowler and McIlroy, you know that one with the thumbs on top. Fowler in his usual blazing orange ...
  • 14:40
    I was about to bet a million Rory takes an iron for placement on the first but he's nonchalantly leaning on the Big Dog...Like his attitude
  • 14:42
    Fowler's away. a 3-wood or the like drawn perfectly. Rory has driver. Smoke it there boy...He does and he splits the fairway. A statement okay...
  • 14:43
    Leinster Football Final

    McManamon scores a third point in a row. Dublin 1-12 Meath 0-6
  • 14:44
    McIlroy needs a 66 for the lowest winning aggregate for a British Open Championship...
  • 14:45
    McDowell has eagle putt on 5th for -6. He misses there but birdie anyway...
  • 14:46
    Rory's drive close to 300 yards into the wind...but he has made bogey twice on the first this year...
  • 14:47
    He's safely planted it on the green for a birdie putt...
  • 14:50
    Whow...Rory drops the birdie putt. Only 17 more to go but it's like a continuation of yesterday when his late Eagles crushed the field...The crowd gasps...
  • 14:54
    Rory needs to supress the adrenalin. Seven stroke lead...he looks a little anxious but is perfectly short of the bunkers on the second hole. Clarke is -5, McDowell -5 and Lowry the best of the lot and -7 thru 12 holes...
  • 14:55
    Leinster Football Final

    Dublin created 22 scoring chances in the first half and missed probably four good goal scoring opportunities in a tally of 1-12

    Half-time: Dublin 1-12 Meath 0-6
  • 14:57
    Rory hits the second green. Just needs to do that all the way around. Nobody is making a dent in his lead. With his length he can easily reach the Par 5s. Is that his game plan??
  • 15:00


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  • 15:01
    Crikey Rory nearly birdies the second hole with a long putt. He gives it the serious stare but the ball just skims the cup. Sound par anyway.
  • 15:04
    Leaders -

    McIlroy -17
    Fowler -11
    Karlsson -10
    Garcia -10
    Johnson -9
  • 15:06
    Hey, hey Garcia drops a long putt and moves to -11 thru three holes...
  • 15:09
    Rory is just off the edge on the third. He hits the green but it just wanders to the left and rolled away down the slope. He needs a decent up and down to save par...
  • 15:12
    Very, very sound chip from Wee Mac. Absolutely pin high and six inches away.
  • 15:14
    Rory's dad's bet was apparently £100 at 500-1 that he would be British Open champion before the age of 26...
  • 15:17
    Another split fairway on the fourth hole from Rory. Seems now that its processional as Rory is showing no sign of cracking. The first par 5 hole is the 528 yard fifth.
  • 15:19
    McIlroy hits it right at the flag and stops it. Another birdie putt for the leader on the fourth hole.
  • 15:20
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  • 15:22
    Defending champion Phil Mickelson closes his account with a 68 and -5 for the championship.
  • 15:23
    Leinster Football Final latest- Dublin 2-19 Meath 0-8
  • 15:24
    McIlroy skims the cup for birdie chance on 4. On to the fifth and a good chance to score...Dubuisson goes to -10
  • 15:26
    Lowry punches the air with another birdie, which takes the Offaly man to -8.. That's his fifth of the day thru 15 holes...ching, ching if he can keep this going...
  • 15:29
    The winner of the British Open at Royal Liverpool will pocket £975,000, a rise of £30,000 on 2013.
    Novak Djokovic earned £1.76 million for winning Wimbledon earlier this month.
  • 15:33
    Sergio has a tiddler to go to -12 and for now Rory's lead is cut to five shots. Rory's drive on the fifth has found the rough...
  • 15:35
    252 yards out but Rory hits it thin and the ball plummets into the grandstand covers at 5. He'll probably get a free drop there if he's close enough...
  • 15:40
    Rory gets his free drop but it's from the rough....he hits way long and the ball rolls off the back of the green. It's his first loose hole and his chipping will be tested again...
  • 15:46
    Rory's chip attempt lands way short. He misses the putt for his first 6 at the par fives of the week. He started at six shots ahead. Now after five holes played his lead is down to 4 shots with Sergio applying the pressure with three birdies thru 6 for a -12.
  • 15:48
    And while we watching Rory's progress Lowry has been mining away. He's currently nine under par, birdies at 10, 15 and 16 and not a bogey in sight...
  • 15:50
    Rory misses the green at six, the ball rolling off but missing the bunker. He has a similar length chip to the pin as he had on the fifth hole...
  • 15:51
    As wee speak Sergio is going nooooo...to himself. His approach finds the bunker just ahead of Rory...
  • 15:52
    It's a better chip from Rory. But he has left himself six feet. It's a big putt for the wee man so early in his round...But he'll get a read from Fowler before him...
  • 15:54
    Full-time: Dublin 3-20 Meath 1-10

    Dubs win a 53rd Leinster Senior Football title.
  • 15:56
    Rory misses. Looks like he thought it was inside right but hit it too hard. He falls back to -15. Sergio is out of the bunker ahead and four feet from the cup - currently at -12
  • 15:58
    Rory drives into the rough on 7. His lead has been halved. Sergio sinks his putt and is still -12 in second place...
    Lowry is on the 18th and -9
  • 16:02
    Lowry has two putts on 18 for a round of 65 and the clubhouse lead. Cracking final round and he'll think maybe when he is in about that 75 he shot on Friday...
  • 16:04
    Rory is in a bunker. Its a bad streak he's going through now. Another bogey here would make it three in a row thru seven holes...
  • 16:05
    Beauty from McIlroy from the sand. He whips it out to gimme distance and that may just stop the current bleeding...
  • 16:08
    Leaderboard
    McIlroy -15 thru 7
    Garcia -12 thru 7
    Karlsson -11 thru 10
    Fowler -11 thru 7
    Lowry -10 ihru 18
  • 16:12
    Sergio fires it over the green at par 3 ninth hole. Rory a hole behind is 178 yards out. Hits the belly of the green with a sensible play...
  • 16:18
    Sergio is out in 32, the same as Lowry today. A cracking 66 for his round today. Rory makes par on the eight. A par 3 on the way...
  • 16:20
  • 16:21
    There's a touch of the nerves but Rory has hit the 9th green and he's a 15 footer for birdie. He's still three shots ahead of Sergio on -12,
  • 16:23
    "Was nice out there I played pretty much flawless today. I warned up poor this morning. I left the range in anger because I hadn't hit a good shot.... 65 on the Sunday of a major gives me great satisfaction..." Shane Lowry
  • 16:25
    Did he ever need that putt to drop on the 9th. Huge applause as Wee Mac's ball tracks from over 15 feet and disappears. Just when he needed it. It was steaming down and would have gone four feet past had it missed.
    4 shot lead
    9 holes to play.
  • 16:28
    Just another word on Lowry's card. He had 7 birdies and not a bogey to be seen. Four of the brdies can on the back nine. Wonderful round...
  • 16:29
  • 16:30
    Wozza would be Caroline Wozniacki
  • 16:33
    Garcia for Eagle from 12 feet. He fist pumps and why wouldn't he as his ball falls. It's clear the real threat to McIlroy is now the Spaniard...Sergio is just two shots back at -14 and the competition is wide open...
  • 16:34
    Hold on.. Rory's five iron hits the 10th green a hole back of Sergio. He's putting from 20 feet for Eagle. Even if he misses there's a great chance of birdie here...
  • 16:35
  • 16:39
    A birdie 4 on the 10th for McIlroy. That's a welcome shot back which gives him a three shot cushion
    McIlroy -17
    Garcia -14
  • 16:41

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    Donegal 0-5 Monaghan 0-3
  • 16:45
    Sergio birdie putt on 11. The ball curves around the contour of the cup as he drops to his knees. But it impossibly stays up...Still on -14...
  • 16:47
    Both Rory and Fowler's blind second shots on 11 fall short of the green. Rory's ball, although it is just a few feet off the green, may have backed up against the rough...
  • 16:50
    Rory putting from off the green on 11 slightly against the collar.... He doesn't give it enough beef and leaves it five feet short for another tester..
  • 16:51
    If Rory can par here he is three shots ahead with just seven holes to play. That's good odds....but...but...
  • 16:52
    Never in doubt. Smooth, confident stroke and the ball is in the hole. Now he's counting them down...
  • 16:53
    Shane Lowry is probably sipping something pleasant in the clubhouse....And why not as he's currently T4...
  • 16:56
    Sergio turns away in disgust...shouts FORE...the gallery in the Grandstand at the 12th hole ducks and there's a terrible clatter as his ball hits the metal..what a break as the ball rebounds out into play just off the green...Nobody is taken away by ambulance...it's the sort of luck Sergio needs now...
  • 16:57
    Rory drives straight on 12 as Sergio chips up from his Great Escape from the Grandstand. But he leaves himself with a little tester for par from about five feet...
  • 16:58
    Dustin Johnson drops one for birdie and he's at -10...
  • 16:59
  • 17:02
    Rory hits the green at 12. It's a birdie putt although a long one. A par would be nice to bring him to three ahead with six to play...Boozy crowd around the greens seeming to enjoy it all...
  • 17:06
    Rory hits one for birdie and it tracks all the way on line but stops just short. Rubs his face in frustration but thankful for the par...

    Thru 12 holes...

    McIlroy -17
    Garcia -14
  • 17:07
    Rory is -1 for today's round and Sergio -5 but the Spaniard needs to move quickly as the holes begin to run out. Of course one bad shot from McIlroy would fix that...
  • 17:10
    6-iron into the wind at the 183 yard par three 13th hole. Rory's face says he's not happy, the ball says why. He's rocketed his tee shot into deep rough in comfortably the worst shot he has hit today and probably all week...Way left of the putting surface ...Hope he can actually find that ball...
  • 17:13
    Sooooo lucky with a decent lie but Rory leaves himself a difficult par putt at the par 3 with his recovery 15 feet wide. Could be a dropped shot here at the 13th...
  • 17:16
    Misses the putt and Rory's lead is back down to a nervous two shots. He still has a couple of par 5s at 16 and 18 ....but he's definitely staggering a little...
  • 17:17
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  • 17:19
    Fowler has his hand out at the 14th tee and the patrons dive for cover...McIlroy steps up...the crowd love it as it draws perfectly splitting the fairway ...
  • 17:21
    McIlroy is grafting hard. He's still in a great position but one more mistake will bring it to within one shot and that could see a momentum swing if Garcia can keep up the pressure...
    His score today is level par and Sergio -5
  • 17:24
    Garcia shaves the hole with his long putt at 14 but cards a four...McIlroy's 7-iron to 14 hits the green... just about... but is short and to the right...still it's a green hit...
  • 17:27
    Sergio in the pot bunker at 15, while Rory stitches his long put on 14 and is in with a safe par...
  • 17:30
    McIlroy strides up the fairway and looks to his right which will tell him Sergio is stepping into the sand. That may lift his spirits...But Sergio fails to get out...the ball rolls back and he's still in the sand...That's a terrible error from the Spaniard when he needs shots ...Has he ended his Open chances?
  • 17:32
    Sergio cards a 4 and falls back a shot on the shortest hole on the course. He is now three behind McIlroy with three holes to play. McIlroy steps up to the same hole as Sergio shakes his head and leaves the green.
  • 17:35
    Cracking shot from the Irishman on 15. He sets up a birdie putt, par at worst and he will go into the last three holes with a three shot lead.
    McDowell ends his round birdie, birdie, birdie, par, eagle for 67 and a ten under finish...
  • 17:38
    Rory under reads the borrow but stacks up another par with three to play, two of those par fives and both of them easy to make par at.
    What's Rory thinking now. make pars or boom it out there and look for a quick kill Eagle to put this Open to bed?
  • 17:39
    Ulster Football latest 2 minutes to go...
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  • 17:40
    Big D scores 73 and finishes just inside the top 30. It has been a great week for Irish golfers...so far...
  • 17:43
    Rory is waiting on the tee box as things are congested on 16...Sergio hits 6-iron to the heart of the 16th green. Outside chance now of an Eagle putt there and probably a birdie...The fairway clears for Fowler to strike...
  • 17:46
    Fowler looks anxious ...misses fairway to the right and Rory steps up ...He booms one out. ..Majestic drive far and long and straight. He splits the fairway and he's loping down the fairway with the arms swinging as the cops lead a boozy fan out of the ground...
  • 17:51
    Sergio moves to within two shots, his -14 to Rory's -16 thru 16 holes....
    Rory's second to the 577 yard par 5 16th hole hits the green front right..
  • 17:55
    McIlroy cosies his ball up the hole. Tension eases now because that's a birdie on 16 and his lead is back to three shots -17 to Garcia's -14...
  • 17:56
    Fowler also moves to -14...
  • 18:02
    McIlroy on the 16th tee. But first Sergio has to move out of the way. Sergio hits a gem and has a decent birdie opportunity.
    Wee Mac waits now for Fowler to tee off into the breeze and the American finds the rough..
    Wee Mac choses an iron and the crowd seem to like the direction...it's good and again he splits the fairway...
  • 18:04
    Sergio pars 17 so it seems like it is all McIlroy's to lose now...wasn't it always that way. But the Irishman looks more relaxed than he has been all day...churning inside but relaxed...
  • 18:10
    He's 207 yards from front edge...cracks his iron and it sails right ...he misses the green but he can get the club on it because it's not in the rough... He doesn't know it is not in the spinach because the crowd is quiet but Rory can't believe his luck when he arrives to the ball.
    He pitches to gimme distance. Glorious shot to 12 inches...
  • 18:14
    McIlroy is teeing up at the 18th hole...Eh remember a Frenchman some years ago...different golf course...different time...But Dustin Johnson in front has just hit Ob and he's had to re-load.
    McIlroy -17 thru 17
    Garcia -14 thru 17 but on the par 5 18th green in two...
  • 18:16
    Young Rory picks an iron to play safe off the tee...he bends to pluck his his tee quickly,,,always a good sign. And it is as the 25-year-old strides up the firway to his well placed ball...
  • 18:16
  • 18:20
    Well, well it looks very much like Rory McIlroy's third Major is begging. Sergio putts for Eagle 3...it's a tidy length but a birdie four on the final hole for him and a final -15, two shots shy of Rory...
  • 18:22
    Another twist as Rory hits into the greenside bunker... you are thinking what about being safe on the second shot as well as the first shot... He has a two shot cushion and it should be processional...but...but...
  • 18:23
    The crowd are on their feet for the British golfer...Northern Irish golfer...Irish golfer...He's okay in the sand and has a shot...
  • 18:25
    Out of the sand damn right...he almost hits the flag as the ball sails over the green and bites...A ten footer for the Claret Jug...and then another..
  • 18:29
    Fowler goes out of turn to allow the champion elect to milk the crowd. Not a dropped shot and five birdies for a 67, he's second for the week.
    McIlroy looks, hunkers down, addresses the ball and pulls the trigger. It curves wide... a tap in is all he needs for the Championship
    He rolls it in and stands there nodding his head...smiling. Bagman JP walks across for the hug...He waves for his mum and dad to come out...His mum does...tears and a hanky.. Rory turns around and claps to the crowd...

    -17 for 271 total. Winner alright as McIlroy wins his third Major
  • 18:36
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  • 18:37
    Rory is hugging his dad at the scorers tent, his mates crowding around him. He has disappeared now in for interview..

    "It feels incredible. Today wasn't easy there were a few guys making runs at me. I needed to stay focussed. It's not going to sink in for a while but it feels in credible right now#
    "I always felt I had that bit of a cushion. Coming into the back nine I knew I could make birdies at 16 and 18.
    At 18 I didn't mean it to come out as hot as it did (from the bunker). It was nice to have the luxury of a few putts there..." - Rory McIlroy

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  • 18:44
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  • 18:45
    Sully I am not going to talk to Victor Dubuisson for a while.
  • 18:45
    That's a sore loser right there...

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  • 18:48
    Sergio and Fowler end joint second and Rory...
    What more is there to say...a one off, remarkable 25-year-old....his third Major...It has been a fantastic weekend but with the Ulsterman raising the Claret Jug above his head at Hoylake, it seems now like the perfect time and the right image to make an exit...until next time.....
  • 18:58
    Joan D Great coverage, thanks! Amazing to be so 'close' to the action from high in the Pyrenees.