Thursday 27 November 2014

Timeline: How the final day of Rory McIlroy's Open Championship win transpired

Published 20/07/2014 | 19:11

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy lifts the Claret Jug after  winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 20, 2014. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No manipulation of images. No video emulation.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy lifts the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy lifts the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy lifts the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake with his mum Rosie
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake with his mum Rosie
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake with his mum Rosie
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy chips out of the bunker on the 18thduring day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Spain's Sergio Garcia thanks the crowd during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake
Spain's Sergio Garcia thanks the crowd during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy chips out of a bunker on the 7th green during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts to a putt on the 11th during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
England's Justin Rose chips out of a bunker on the 18th hole during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell thanks the crowd on the 18th hole during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd on the 3rd green during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tees off the 4th during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 4th green during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell thanks the crowd on the 18th hole during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates his birdie on the 16th during day four of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.

Here's how Rory McIlroy's rollercoaster day at Hoylake went from start to finish.

1440 - Sergio Garcia birdies the first hole to move into joint second place as the leaders prepare to tee off.

1449 - Rory McIlroy holes from 20 feet for birdie on the first to increase his lead to seven.

1500 - Rickie Fowler responds with a birdie on the second to get back to within six shots of his playing partner.

1503 - Garcia birdies the third hole to join Fowler on 11 under.

1532 - Garcia goes through the green with his approach to the par-five fifth, but chips to two feet for birdie and gets within five of the lead.

1542 - McIlroy hits a wild approach to the fifth and a poor pitch leads to a bogey five, cutting his lead to four.

1554 - Failing to get up and down from left of the sixth green costs McIlroy another shot and cuts his lead to three.

1600 - The challengers continue to mount as Sweden's Robert Karlsson holes from just three feet for an eagle on the 10th to move 11 under.

1624 - McIlroy steadies the ship with a birdie from 15 feet on the ninth to get back to 16 under and four ahead of Garcia.

1630 - Garcia piles the pressure back on, making an eagle on the par-five 10th to close to within two of his Ryder Cup team-mate.

1637 - McIlroy has his own eagle chance from longer range but settles for a birdie to move three ahead.

1654 - Garcia's approach to the 12th flies into a grandstand but somehow rebounds out and on to the edge of the green, from where he saves par.

1714 - McIlroy mishits his tee shot to the 13th, coming up well short of the green. The resulting bogey cuts his lead to two.

1728 - Garcia takes two shots to get out of a bunker on the 15th green as McIlroy, now three ahead, watches from the tee.

1736 - Fowler birdies the 15th to join Garcia on 13 under.

1748 - Garcia two-putts the 16th to move 14 under and back within two of the lead.

1754 - McIlroy matches that birdie, on a hole he eagled on Saturday, to give himself more breathing space.

1818 - Garcia gets within two shots once more with a birdie on the 18th.

1827 - McIlroy pars the 18th to complete a closing 71 and seal victory.

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