Result: Rory McIlroy triumphs at Hoylake to claim first Open title

Rory McIlroy wins The Open for the first time by finishing on 17-under-par at Hoylake, three clear of Sergio Garcia.

Rory McIlroy won his first Open title at Royal Liverpool this evening, finishing two shots clear of the field for his third Major crown at the age of 25.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy holds the Claret Jug aloft after winning The Open at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England© Getty Images

Despite the chasing pack all carding better scores than McIlroy's one-under 71 today, his six-shot overnight lead proved too good for the likes of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to catch.

Garcia was the Northern Irishman's biggest threat all afternoon, but saw his challenge peter out after he fluffed his lines in a greenside bunker on the 15th.

In the end, Garcia (66) and Fowler (67) finished in a tie for second place on 15-under-par, two behind McIlroy's 17-under winning score.

Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his first bunker shot on the 15th hole during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England© Getty Images

Garcia has now finished as runner-up four times at a Major, while Fowler has come in the top five at The Masters, US Open and Open this year.

Jim Furyk (-13) finished in fourth place on his own, with Australian duo Adam Scott and Marc Leishman in a tie for fifth on 12-under.

McIlroy becomes the third man in the Masters era to win three Majors before the age of 26. The only other two to do are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. His other successes came at the 2011 US Open and 2012 USPGA Championship.

This week he led the tournament from start to finish after shooting rounds of 66, 66 and 68 on the opening three days.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reaches for a golf ball on the practice ground during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England© Getty Images

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a birdie putt on the 17th green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014
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