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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland throws his ball into the crowd on the 18th green after winning the 143rd British Open Championship Sunday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. McIlroy won the tournament by two shots. USA TODAY Sports

British Open: McIlroy steady down stretch to win by 2 shots

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By Tony Jimenez

Reuters

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy suffered several anxious moments but kept the jitters in check to rubber-stamp his status as the newest golfing great by landing the first British Open title of his career on Sunday.

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