This argument has gone on throughout the week of the Open with many saying every aspect of this years Open defeats any other year and I would agree.
The 2014 British Open attracted a record audience at an Open held in England. A total of 230,000 people made the trip to Hoylake to visit the Royal Liverpool course.
With the sun making an appearance three days out of the four the crowds flooded into the prestigious course off the coast of Liverpool and were not disappointed with what was on display. With calm weather comes birdie opportunities and there were plenty of them over the four days.
Rory Mcilroy did what only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have done by winning 3/4 of the career grand slam by the age of 25. After carding two rounds of 66 and a third round of 68, Mcilroy had a six shot lead going into the final round with Rickie Fowler accompanying him in the final group on 10 under-par. Mcilroy led from the start after a six under-par first round was followed by a similar round on the second day. The weather soon changed on the Saturday with thunderstorms in the morning halting play and ultimately meaning a two tee time start was needed. All players played in groups of three with half of them starting on the tenth and the others on the first. Luckily the R&A timed play perfect with the weather as the rain stayed off long enough for all competitors to play their third rounds. A slow start saw the rest of the trailing pack close in on the Northern Irishman but an Eagle, Bogey, Eagle finish soon saw his lead extend to six shots.
Some say Mcilroy played the last round boring. But I think he couldn’t have played any better. He did exactly what he needed to do. He shot under par without going full force, which is a sign of a great player. He kept an eye on where everyone was on the leaderboard and when someone got to close he shut them down.
Rory dedicated his win to his mother who was unable to attend his two previous major wins but managed to attend this years Open win. It wasn’t just Rory who won big though, his father managed to encourage a few of his friends to put together four hundred quid to bet on Rory winning the British Open by the time he was 26 and he did. Gerry Mcilroy won up to £200,000 but I am sure that wasn’t the only reason he was happy.