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Golf : Open : Rory McIlroy wins third major title at 2014 Open Championship

Rory McIlroy clinched his first Open Championship and third major title with a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on a thrilling final day at Hoylake.

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The Northern Irishman joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three of golf’s modern majors by the age of 25.

McIlroy, 25, now just has the Masters left to complete a career Grand Slam.

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.

American Jim Furyk, 44, matched his fourth place in 2006 with a 65 to end 13 under.

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Golf : Open : Rory McIlroy leads as Tiger Woods makes solid start

Rory McIlroy produced some majestic golf to set the pace on a glorious first day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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The 25-year-old shot a stunning six-under 66 to head Italy’s Matteo Manassero, 21, by one stroke.

World number one Adam Scott, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Americans Brooks Koepka and Jim Furyk were another shot further back.

Tiger Woods, who won at the Hoylake course the last time it staged the Open in 2006, fired a three-under 69 despite having played only one tournament since back surgery in March.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson took 74 and Justin Rose, winner of his last two tournaments including last week’s Scottish Open, had an even-par 72.

World number two Henrik Stenson of Sweden also finished level, while US Open champion Martin Kaymer was one over.

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