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Rory McIlroy  at Royal Portrush Golf Club

The Open 2014 claimed by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy

20 July 2014

Rory McIlroy, from Holywood, County Down, has confirmed his place in sport's history books after taking the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool this weekend.

Celebrations got under way on Sunday evening at his home club in Holywood as he collected the Claret Jug in a thrilling final round.

He is only the third golfer after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three major tournaments by the age of 25.

"It is the one you really wanted growing up," he said.

"It has not sunk in yet. The more I keep looking at this trophy, the more it will sink in. I have really found my passion again for golf... I am looking forward to driving up Magnolia Lane next April and trying to complete the career grand slam."

The golfer turned professional in 2007, won the US Open in 2011 and the PGA in 2012.

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