2014 British Open Winner and Scores

The 2014 British Open was the 143rd time this major was played. The winner made it a wire-to-wire victory, holding on in the final round after leading by six.

Winner: Rory McIlroy, 271

Where it was played: Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England

Tournament dates: July 17-20, 2014

Leader after first round: Rory McIlroy, 66

Leader after second round: Rory McIlroy, 132

Leader after third round: Rory McIlroy, 200

What Happened at the 2014 Open Championship

Rory McIlroy won the 2014 British Open by two strokes, although his win was a bit "bigger" than that final margin of victory indicates. McIlroy led the tournament throughout, leading after every round to win wire-to-wire, and he took a 6-stroke lead into the final round.

McIlroy opened with a 66, and followed that with another 66. After 13 holes of the third round, McIlroy was tied for the lead with Rickie Fowler. But McIlroy went on a tear from that point, adding a birdie and two eagles over the final five holes of his third round. And that put him at 16-under-par 200 through three rounds — with a 6-shot lead — and in position to challenge the tournament records for both 72-hole winning score and lowest winning score in relation to par.

In the end, McIlroy didn't break either of those records, but his 17-under-par mark and 271 total were both among all-time tournament bests. (At the time, 19-under par and 267 were the records, respectively.)

In the final round Sergio Garcia made the biggest push, getting within two strokes of McIlroy midway through the round. Garcia shot 66 and finished at 273, two behind. His momentum ended with a bogey on the 15th. And Fowler hung in through much of the final round, tying Garcia for runner-up.

But McIlroy overcame some early final-round jitters — a double-bogey on the fifth hole and bogey on the sixth — and a bogey on the 13th to shoot 71. A birdie on the 16th hole gave McIlroy breathing room, and he closed it out with pars on the 71st and 72nd holes.

It was McIlroy's third career win in a major championship, and it came for him at age 25. He was just the third golfer since 1934 — when The Masters debuted and all four of the modern professional majors existed simultaneously for the first time — to win three majors by age 25. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods were the first two.

2014 British Open Final Scores

Rory McIlroy66-66-68-71—271
Sergio Garcia68-70-69-66—273
Rickie Fowler69-69-68-67—273
Jim Furyk68-71-71-65—275
Marc Leishman69-72-70-65—276
Adam Scott68-73-69-66—276
Charl Schwartzel71-67-72-67—277
Edoardo Molinari68-73-68-68—277
Graeme McDowell74-69-68-67—278
Victor Dubuisson74-66-68-70—278
Shane Lowry68-75-70-65—278
Dustin Johnson71-65-71-72—279
Robert Karlsson69-71-70-69—279
Ryan Moore70-68-73-68—279
Francesco Molinari68-70-75-67—280
Stephen Gallacher70-72-70-68—280
David Howell72-70-70-68—280
George Coetzee70-69-74-68—281
Angel Cabrera76-69-70-67—282
Keegan Bradley73-71-69-69—282
Matteo Manassero67-75-68-72—282
Chris Kirk71-74-68-69—282
Chris Wood75-70-73-65—283
Justin Rose72-70-69-72—283
Phil Mickelson74-70-71-68—283
Darren Clarke72-72-67-73—284
Brian Harman72-73-68-71—284
Thomas Bjorn70-71-76-67—284
Jimmy Walker69-71-71-73—284
Byeong-Hun An72-71-69-72—284
Ben Martin71-73-70-70—284
Kristoffer Broberg70-73-70-72—285
David Hearn70-73-71-71—285
Hunter Mahan71-73-72-69—285
D.A. Points75-69-72-69—285
Jordan Spieth71-75-67-73—286
Louis Oosthuizen70-68-76-72—286
Branden Grace71-72-69-74—286
Gary Woodland75-69-72-71—287
Koumei Oda69-77-74-67—287
Brendon Todd73-73-74-67—287
Marc Warren71-68-72-76—287
Henrik Stenson72-73-73-69—287
Thongchai Jaidee72-72-72-71—287
Hideki Matsuyama69-74-73-71—287
Kevin Stadler73-72-71-71—287
Zach Johnson71-75-71-71—288
Paul Casey74-71-73-70—288
Stewart Cink71-75-73-69—288
Gregory Bourdy75-69-74-70—288
Bill Haas70-72-73-74—289
Jason Dufner70-74-74-71—289
Tom Watson73-73-75-68—289
Matt Kuchar73-71-74-72—290
Kevin Streelman72-74-69-75—290
Matt Jones71-74-72-73—290
Kevin Na76-70-70-74—290
Jamie McLeary73-73-75-70—291
Brandt Snedeker74-72-71-74—291
Ryan Palmer74-71-76-70—291
Chris Rodgers73-71-73-74—291
John Senden71-74-75-71—291
Jason Day73-73-74-71—291
Billy Hurley III73-72-76-71—292
Thorbjorn Olesen75-71-73-73—292
Luke Donald73-73-71-75—292
Charley Hoffman74-72-76-71—293
Brooks Koepka68-77-74-74—293
Tiger Woods69-77-73-75—294
Martin Kaymer73-72-72-79—296
Matt Every75-71-73-78—297
Rhein Gibson72-74-74-78—298

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