The British Open 2014 results could not have been better for Rory McIlroy.
After watching his once large lead shrink with Sergio Garcia’s late charge, McIlroy took care of business in the final day of the major tournament to end his wire-to-wire win.
McIlroy was nearly perfect over the course of four days at Royal Liverpool, taking a six-shot lead into the final day and making two key birdies down the stretch to close out with a 1-under 71 and and two-shot victory.
“I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said. “To sit here, 25 years of age, and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam… yeah, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly.”
With the British Open 2014 results, McIlroy has now become the first start-to-finish winner at the British Open since Tiger Woods in 2005.
“I’ve really found my passion again for golf,” McIlroy said. “Not that it ever dwindled, but it’s what I think about when I get up in the morning. It’s what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability.”
The British Open results were a bit more heartbreaking for Garcia, who shot a solid 15-under 278 but still came up short.
“I think that we gave it a good effort,” Garcia said. “And there was someone a little bit better.”
Garcia was tied with American Rickie Fowler in second. Fowler said he doesn’t feel too bad about the loss considering McIlroy’s amazing performance.
“He played awesome,” Fowler said. “And it was just kind of fun to throw a few shots at him coming. To see him win was pretty cool.”
The win might actually be even bigger for Rory McIlroy’s father. One decade ago, he and three friends each put up 100 pounds ($170) that Rory would win the Open Championship before he turned 26, a 500-to-1 ticket. Rory is 25.
The full British Open 2014 results can be found here.