British Open 2014: The Biggest Takeaways from Royal Liverpool

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British Open 2014: The Biggest Takeaways from Royal Liverpool
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Rory McIlroy salutes the fans after his big win in the British Open.

It looked very much like this was going to be another ho-hum, Martin Kaymer-like runaway victory for Rory McIlroy.

And while McIlroy became the seventh player to go wire-to-wire in winning The Open Championship (Tiger Woods did it last in 2005), it was far from an 18-hole lovefest between McIlroy and huge crowds at Royal Liverpool.

The young Northern Irishman had to work hard to hold off spirited charges by Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, but, after a brief wobble in the middle of the round, he won by two strokes.

We learned that Fowler is on the verge of becoming a major champion, a young man whose game is getting better and better each time out.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson? They're at the other end of that spectrum.

Here's a list of five of the biggest takeaways from the 2014 British Open.

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