McIlroy wins British Open

McIlroy poses with the Claret Jug after winning 143rd Open Championship. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 in the final round Sunday to finish 17-under to win the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

McIlroy’s wire-to-wire victory gave him his third career major, following wins at the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship. Adding his name into the history books, McIlroy joins Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods and the only golfers in history to win three different majors before they turned 27.

Entering Sunday’s round with a six-shot lead, McIlroy won the Claret Jug by only two strokes ahead of Sergio Garcia, who shot a six-under 66 on Sunday and Rickie Fowler, who shot a five-under 67. The wire-to-wire victory was only the seventh in Open Championship history and was last done by Woods at the 2005 tournament at St. Andrews.

McIlroy will head into next year’s Masters looking to become just the sixth player in history to win all four majors in their career.