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McIlroy targets career grand slam
21 Jul 2014 10:10
A year on from labelling his own play "brain dead", Rory McIlroy spoke of his pride at winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and immediately targeted more major glory.
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Missing the cut at Muirfield last year prompted McIlroy to make a withering assessment of his own game as he looked a shadow of the player who had won the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA Championship.
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But 12 months on the 25-year-old has his hands on the Claret Jug and is just one step away from winning the career grand slam after holding off a spirited challenge from Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia.
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McIlroy has now moved up to No 2 in the latest Golf world rankings, only behind Adam Scott.
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"It feels absolutely incredible," said McIlroy, who saw his six-shot overnight lead cut to two on four occasions before sealing victory with a closing 71. "It's cool that they put your name on there even before you get it.
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"It's been an incredible week. I'm happy I gave myself enough of a cushion today, because there was a lot of guys coming at me, especially Sergio and Rickie (Fowler).
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Celebrating with the Claret Jug!! Thanks for all the support and well wishes this week! #TheOpen #3outof4 pic.twitter.com/9ZJsV62US0</p>— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) July 20, 2014 <p>“Just to be sitting here and looking at this thing and having my name on it, it's a great feeling. It obviously hasn't sunk in yet. I'm going to enjoy it and let it sink in tonight in the company of my friends and family.
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"I'm immensely proud of myself. To sit here 25 years of age and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to the career grand slam, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly.
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"The Open Championship was the one you really wanted growing up, and the one you holed so many putts on the putting green to win, to beat Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, whatever."
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