HOYLAKE, England, July 21 - Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have combined to salute Rory McIlroy's performance in capturing the British Open title for the first time in his career.
HOYLAKE, England, July 21 - Tom Watson looked the picture of charm and grace as he outplayed scores of golfers half his age at last week's British Open but, make no mistake, he did not win eight majors without having a steely edge.
HOYLAKE, England, July 21 - New British Open champion Rory McIlroy does not do 'dull' but perhaps that is no surprise for a man with a glamourous-sounding birthplace like Holywood.
July 21 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Adam Scott (Australia) 9.24 2. (8) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 8.16 3. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.81 4. (3) Justin Rose (Britain) 7.34 5. (9) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 7.05 6. (4) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 6.80 7. (5) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 6.66 8. (6) Jason Day (Australia) 6.40 9. (7) Tiger Woods (U.S.) 6.23 10. (11) Jim Furyk (U.S.)
HOYLAKE, England, July 20 - For Rory McIlroy the secret of his stunning victory at the Open on Sunday came down to two rather unremarkable words: process and spot.
HOYLAKE, England, July 20 - Four superb rounds in the 60s on an Open course ready punish the smallest errors should have been enough for American Rickie Fowler to have had something bubbly in the old Claret Jug on Sunday.
HOYLAKE, England, July 20 - Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer on Sunday following his son Rory's two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
* Garcia shares second spot after closing 66 (Adds McIlroy quotes)
HOYLAKE, England, July 20 - Sergio Garcia was in philosophical mood on Sunday after finishing as a major championship runner-up for the fourth time in his career.
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