Congrats to Rory McIlroy for winning the 2014 Open Championship! We didn’t know if he could do it, but boy were we wrong! This past weekend, McIlroy stayed comfortably in the lead; Rickie Fowler only caught up with him once. We here at the Cave are happy to see the return of the exciting golfer who won the U.S. Open in 2011 and the PGA a year later. He’s now just one leg away from completely the grand slam. He’s now part of a select club made only of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and himself – the only three golfers to win three legs of a career grand slam before the age of 26. It’s now a matter of “when” not “if” McIlroy wins the Masters.
Also congratulations to Rory’s dad, Gerry McIlroy. There are lots of parents with confidence in their children, but few can back it up like Rory’s father. In 2004, Gerry and three of Gerry’s friends £400 ($683) with 500-1 odds that Rory would win the British Open before the age of 26. Now the 25 year old golfer has won those four friends $342,000! That’s a heck of a payday!
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention the great playing by the two runner ups – Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler tied for second place. Rickie Fowler went 68-67 on the weekend which is just incredible. He’s now finished in the top five of this year’s three majors so far. We (and a lot of blog-o-sphere) feel that he’s going to be finally winning a major sooner than later. Garcia surged up the leaderboard in the final round but couldn’t catch up to McIlroy thanks to a mistake in the sand on the 15th hole. However, this is the best performance from Garcia we’ve seen in a while and going by the hug he gave the winner, Sergio is quite pleased as well.
Watch Sergio Garcia’s hole-out on No. 2!
Our favorite moment of the weekend? When Rory got a heckler booted from the Open. McIlroy said that the heckler had been following and giving him grief all day. He put up with the abuse for 15 holes, but on the 16th he had enough. During McIlroy’s backswing, the heckler loudly coughed but Rory finished his swing, turned around, and identified the man, who was then escorted off the course. Check it out below!