Rory McIlroy makes history with wire-to-wire Open Championship win
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Rory McIlroy makes history with wire-to-wire Open Championship win

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Rory McIlroy made a whole lot of golf history with his two-stroke win on Sunday at Royal Liverpool in the 2014 Open Championship.

He became the third-youngest player in history -- only behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods -- to capture the first three legs of the career Grand Slam, all before the age of 26.


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He probably became the first player in history to help his father cash in on a huge 10-year bet.

RELATED: Wire-to-wire major championship victories

But he also became just the seventh man in the 143 playings of the Open Championship to win the Claret Jug in wire-to-wire fashion. Curiously, that achievement, in tandem with Martin Kaymer's U.S. Open win, also is unprecedented.

For the first time in modern major-championship history, consecutive majors have been won in wire-to-wire fashion. In fact, it's the first time in history that two separate men have won wire-to-wire majors in a single year.

Tiger Woods, however, single-handedly won a pair of wire-to-wire major victories in 2000, taking the U.S. Open and PGA Championship as part of winning three consecutive majors to close the year.

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