PM congratulates McIlroy on Open win

Published Sunday, 20 July 2014
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Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his congratulations to Rory McIlroy on winning The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

PM congratulates McIlroy on Open win
McIlroy celebrates with the famous trophy. (© Getty)

McIlroy lifted the famous Claret Jug on Sunday evening after leading the prestigious tournament from the beginning.

The 25-year-old went into the final round with a six shot lead and finished the day two shots off nearest rival Sergio Garcia.

The win is Rory's third major and he joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as having achieved the feat by the age of 25.

Rory has also become the first European to win three different majors since The Masters was founded in 1934.

Moments after the Holywood golfer secured the title Mr Cameron tweeted his congratulations.

First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA also praised the 25-year-old.

In a statement, the ministers said: "We congratulate Rory on becoming the 2014 Open Champion.

"He has delivered a golfing masterclass over the last four days at Royal Liverpool.

"Having won three majors, Rory now joins golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win three majors by the age of 25.

"Rory is an exceptionally talented golfer and with his strong work ethic, he will undoubtedly go on to achieve many more great wins in his career.

"Rory is a fine ambassador for Northern Ireland. We are all very proud of his achievements and hopefully he can carry this rich vain of form into the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the win would be a huge boost to the local tourism economy.

Celebrations were also held at McIlroy's home golf course at Holywood golf club.

Young fan Rory Williamson told UTV: "Everything is special about Rory.

"This week his iron play and his driving has just been awesome."

© UTV News
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49 Comments
peter in Finaghy wrote (94 days ago):
GAK: wise up. This is a sporting event not a political one. Keep your small minded, petty, parochial views to yourself
Paul in Belfast wrote (94 days ago):
@s magowan, Ireland is 32 counties, did you do geography at school? I knew that when I was 6. In the Olympics its team GB. Not team UK!!
peace in our time in Belfast. wrote (94 days ago):
Congratulations Rory. your wee country is as proud of you as you are of us. Proud day to be an Ulsterman.
Embarrassed in Norn Iron wrote (95 days ago):
Congrats Rory really well played throughout the tournament, as for the tiny brained idiots who manage to spoil every positive message that climbs out of the torrent of childish bile they continue to spew grow up and leave the normal , well adjusted and moderate people alone by keeping your very limited views to yourselves. The moderators of this site should really just block those stupid petty comments don't you think?
s magowan in belfast wrote (95 days ago):
You have to admit that gak is correct.Both Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will be representing the RoI at the next Olympics and will be competeing against the Great Briton & Northern Ireland team for a gold medal.As both these players have now made up their minds,and they entitled to do so,to represent the 26 counties of the RoI,known as Ireland when it comes to sport,i think now is the time for both these golfers to drop the NI flag as their emblem and play under the flag of the country that they have chosen to represent as their national team.
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