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

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.

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

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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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