Rory McIlroy: Winning Open feels "incredible"

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy holds the Claret Jug aloft after winning The Open at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England
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Open champion Rory McIlroy admits that it feels "incredible" to have won the third major title of his career.

Rory McIlroy has described winning the Open as "incredible" after finishing two shots clear of the field at Hoylake this evening.

The Northern Irishman led the tournament from day one to wrap up the third major win of his career, following victories at the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA.

"It feels incredible. It wasn't easy, there were a few guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused. To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement," BBC Sport quotes the 25-year-old as saying.

"The lead never got less than two. I always felt I had that little bit of a cushion. I knew I had some holes where I could make birdie and 16 was the real hole for me which I think settled the championship.

"This is the first major my mum has been to that I've won, so mum, this one's for you. I just can't wait to get back and defend this thing at St Andrews next year."

Spain's Sergio Garcia and American Rickie Fowler tied for second, two shots behind McIlroy on 15-under par.

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