Rory McIlroy Wins The 2014 Open Championship

Rory McIlroy turned in a fantastic effort this week at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England to capture his first Open Championship with a -17 on the scorecard.

Out of the gate on Thursday, it was clear that McIlroy was dialed in after recording an opening-round 66. He matched his 6-under performance on Friday to take a 12-under lead into the weekend.

Saturday saw McIlroy falter slightly after he recorded three bogies during his third round. He had one bogey in the previous two rounds. Still, though, McIlroy was able to get into the clubhouse with a 68.

Sunday got a little worrisome after back-to-back bogies on 5 and 6 and finishing the front even. On the back he stayed consistent and finished at 1-under to turn in a 71 on the final day.

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler gave him a bit of a scare as they came up quickly on him, but McIlroy was able to remain focused and win by two strokes. Garcia and Fowler tied for second with Jim Furyk in at fourth.

It should also be noted that Fowler had an impressive tournament, shooting all four of his rounds in the 60s.

With wins at The U.S. Open, The PGA Championship and now The Open, McIlroy only needs a win at The Masters to complete the career grand slam.