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Rory McIlroy Dominates, Wins First British Open

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Tiger Woods struggles in return, Rory McIlroy goes wire to wire

Rory McIlroy Dominates, Wins First British Open

While golf fans were treated to an exciting four days of golf in Hoylake, England, it came as no surprise that Rory McIlroy finished on top. After shooting six under on the first day to take the lead, Rory never looked back. In fact, he never lost that lead and finished the tournament at a whopping 17-under par.

Rory, who had struggled to play well after the first day in recent tournaments, finished under even-par all four days en route to his third major championship. The 25-year-old star held off Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, both of whom finished at 15-under. The GIF below shows Rory sinking a putt on the 18th hole to win his first Claret Jug. Though he didn't wow on Sunday, he did just enough with a one-under 71.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods struggled mightily after the first round of the tournament. Though he ended the first day at three under, he didn't finish another day under par. Tiger finished the tournament at six-over par, though not much was to be expected from a guy who just underwent back surgery. At 38-years-old, it is fair to wonder if Tiger will ever return to being the same player that won major after major in dominant fashion before 2009. However, Tiger played very well last year and I firmly believe we haven't seen the end of Tiger's dominance just yet.

As for golf's other stars, Phil Mickelson played very well after he shot two over in the first round. Lefty shot seven under combined in rounds two, three, and four to finish at five under for the tournament. His fellow American Jim Furyk finished at 13-under, which we have come to expect from the always consistent 44-year-old.

World's number-one ranked Adam Scott also shot extremely well, finishing at 12-under, including nine under for the final two rounds. Justin Rose, who was a popular pick to win this tournament, finished at five under.

Next up, the PGA Championship. There are plenty of interesting stories to look out for in the coming weeks, including whether Rory can stay hot and if Tiger Woods can climb back into the top tier. There's a lot to look forward to for golf fans.

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