2014 British Open: The Biggest Surprises at Royal Liverpool

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2014 British Open: The Biggest Surprises at Royal Liverpool
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Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy re-established himself as a major-championship commodity with a workmanlike final-round effort at the 143rd British Open on Sunday, escaping major damage throughout on the way to a one-under par 71 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

His four-day score of 17-under 271 was two shots better than the second-place pairing of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler and another two ahead of Jim Furyk, providing the 25-year-old the third major of his career and first since he’d captured the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in August 2012.

"He gets it. He's realistic. He's not delusional like a lot of players," ESPN analyst Paul Azinger said on the Sunday broadcast. "Get used to seeing this out of Rory McIlroy for the next several years."

And while the wire-to-wire nature of McIlroy’s performance—he held the outright lead at the end of the three previous rounds and was never fewer than two shots ahead on Sunday—was hardly dramatic, there were nonetheless some surprising moments as things evolved over 72 holes.

We take a look at a half-dozen of them here.

And, as always, feel free to make suggestions of your own in the comments section.

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