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Jul 21, 2014

Nicklaus and Woods hail McIlroy’s Open victory

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have combined to salute Rory McIlroy’s performance in capturing the British Open title for the first time in his career.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman became the third youngest golfer in the modern era, after the two American greats, to land three of the four major championships when he triumphed by two strokes at Royal Liverpool on Sunday.

Jul 21, 2014

Watson ready to make tough Ryder Cup calls

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Tom Watson looked the picture of charm and grace as he outplayed scores of golfers half his age at last week’s British Open but, make no mistake, he did not win eight majors without having a steely edge.

The 64-year-old United States Ryder Cup captain has more than half an eye on the match against holders Europe in Scotland in September and he made two verbal declarations at Hoylake that left no doubt as to how seriously he is taking the biennial team event.

Jul 21, 2014

McIlroy joins greats after repelling Garcia charge

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy suffered several anxious moments but kept the jitters in check to rubber-stamp his status as the newest golfing great by landing the first British Open title of his career on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman watched Sergio Garcia (66) cut his overnight lead from six strokes to two before repelling the last-round charge by his European Ryder Cup team mate to land his third major in a tantalizing finish at Royal Liverpool.

Jul 21, 2014

What a difference a year makes for Holywood great McIlroy

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – New British Open champion Rory McIlroy does not do ‘dull’ but perhaps that is no surprise for a man with a glamorous-sounding birthplace like Holywood.

The tousle-haired kid from Northern Ireland won instant recognition at the age of nine when he was shown on television chipping golf balls into a washing machine.

Jul 20, 2014

Golf-Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win

HOYLAKE, England, July 20 (Reuters) – Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer on Sunday following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.

Ladbrokes said in a news release that Gerry had placed a 500-1 bet on his son a decade ago to land the coveted Claret Jug within 10 years.

Jul 20, 2014

I did everything I could to catch McIlroy, says Garcia

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia was in philosophical mood on Sunday after finishing as a major championship runner-up for the fourth time in his career.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has still to achieve a breakthrough victory in one of golf’s ‘Big Four’ events and he gave it all he could in the final round of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.

Jul 20, 2014

McIlroy joins greats after repelling Garcia to win Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy suffered several anxious moments but kept the jitters in check to rubber-stamp his status as the newest golfing great by landing the first British Open title of his career on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman watched Sergio Garcia (66) cut his overnight lead from six strokes to two before repelling the last-round charge by his European Ryder Cup team mate to land his third major in a tantalizing finish.

Jul 20, 2014

McIlroy’s Open lead trimmed to four shots

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s overnight lead was cut from six to four strokes midway through the final round of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman opened with a birdie at the first but experienced some anxious moments when he dropped successive shots at the fifth and sixth.

Jul 20, 2014

Golf-Ageless Watson outplays much younger partner

HOYLAKE, England, July 20 (Reuters) – It is not often a 64-year-old eclipses his much younger playing partner in a major championship but it happened on Sunday when the seemingly ageless Tom Watson put one over on Australian John Senden.

The five-times champion finished his British Open campaign with a real flourish, recovering in style from a first-hole bogey to squeeze five birdies in a four-under-par 68 and earn a highly creditable total of 289, one over par.

Jul 20, 2014

Dad’s 10-year wager will come off if McIlroy wins Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy will pick up a first prize of 975,000 pounds ($1.67 million) if he wins the British Open later on Sunday and his father Gerry also stands to pocket 50,000 pounds on a 10-year-old wager.

According to media reports, Gerry and three friends placed a bet of 400 pounds at odds of 500-1 that his son would win golf’s oldest major before the age of 26.

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      "I am a senior sub-editor on the Reuters Sports Desk who often works as the chief sub-editor. I also have responsibility for the European golf file and among the tournaments I have covered this year are the Ryder Cup and British Open."
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