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McIlroy first European player to win 3 different majors

Rory McIlroy held off a spirited challenge from Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia to claim his third major title on a thrilling final day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

McIlroy first European player to win three different majors
McIlroy first European player to win three different majors Credit: PA

McIlroy took a six-shot lead over Rickie Fowler into the last round and was seven clear of Garcia, but saw that advantage cut to just two strokes as Garcia played the first 10 holes in five under par. However, the 34-year-old Spaniard - fifth here in 2006 and now with 19 top-10s in 64 majors - crucially bogeyed the 15th to release some of the pressure and McIlroy would not be denied becoming the first European player to win three different majors since the Masters was founded in 1934.

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the British Open

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy captured his third major after winning the British Open by two shots at Royal Liverpool on Sunday. The 25-year-old held off the challenge provided by a red-hot Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to record a 17-under-par total of 271.

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open
Rory McIlroy wins the British Open Credit: PA

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Police charge man after buggy crash at golf Open

Police have charged a 44-year-old man who allegedly collided with a security guard after driving a golf buggy out of the well-known golf Open at Hoylake.

Jason Holland, of Grange View, Prenton, Merseyside, has been charged with aggravated unauthorised taking of a vehicle and common assault.

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club where the world's top golfers prepared for the Open at Hoylake.
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club where the world's top golfers prepared for the Open at Hoylake. Credit: PA

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm that a man has been charged following an incident in Hoylake, Wednesday, 16 July.

"He is due to appear before Wirral Magistrates on Friday, 5 September."

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Golfer McIlroy breaks off engagement with Wozniacki

Golf star Rory McIlroy has broken off his engagement with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, he announced today.

McIlroy pictured with Wozniacki last year. Credit: PA

The Northern Irish golfer and former world number one said the relationship ended after he realised he was not ready for marriage.

"There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people," McIlroy said.

He added: "The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.

"I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting."

St Andrews Golf Club to vote on admitting women

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews may be in for a drastic change as the men-only institution votes on the issue of admitting women.

Held as the spiritual home of golf, St Andrews has come under increasing fire for excluding women members but things could finally change in September when the club's 2,500 members will decide whether to open its doors to all after 260 years.

Former American President Bill Clinton enjoys a round of golf on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews.
Former American President Bill Clinton enjoys a round of golf on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews. Credit: David Cheskin/PA

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has traditionally been the guardian of the rules of the game since 1754, although since 2004 it devolved responsibility for the administration of the game and the Open championship to the newly-formed The R&A.

Last year the R&A was criticised for choosing Muirfield, which has a male-only membership policy, to host the Open championship with Scoland's First Minister Alex Salmond refusing to attend.

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