Notable golfers quick to praise McIlroy's win

Rory McIlroy after winning his first British Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Rory McIlroy after winning his first British Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Notables from the game of golf – his competitors and otherwise – were quick to compliment 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy as he came down the stretch and after he claimed his first Claret Jug for winning the British Open. Here's a sampling:

Tom Watson, @TomWatsonPGA: "Great play @McIlroyRory especially your finish on Saturday @The_Open. Take it easy on us at the Ryder Cup OK? Enjoy the moment."

Ian Poulter, @IanJamesPoulter: "Congrats to @McIlroyRory that was an incredible week of golf. 3 out of the 4 majors already. #Respect"

Graeme McDowell, @Graeme_McDowell: "Happy with my week. Round one was a killer but it was tough to argue with @McIlroyRory. 3/4 of the Grandslam complete. #congrats #special"

Justin Rose, @JustinRose99: "Well done to my mate Rory, who at the end, is the guy next to the jug that we were all striving to be!"

• Ernie Els, @TheBig_Easy: "Many congrats @McIlroyRory Great performance @The_Open, a great champion. 3 majors done, 1 to go! #GrandSlam"

Luke Donald, @LukeDonald: "Well done Rory very classy indeed! #OpenChamp … & well done to Rory's caddy 'Goose' - looking good there JP!! #RBCDonald

Ian Woosnam, @IWoosnam: "Congrats to Rory great play all week go get the PGA championship #british seniors #porthcawl Wales"

Sandy Lyle, @SandyLyle1: "Congrats @McIlroyRory what a week. Great play. Enjoy the moment!"

Pablo Larrazabal, @plarrazabal: "I want to congratulate @McIlroyRory and all his team ( JP, Sean, Jerry,...) for their great win this week. @The_Open is the top of the list"

Matteo Manassero, @ManasseroMatteo: hat's off to @McIlroyRory , incredible golf .. great champion #OpenChampionship"

Victor Dubuisson, @Vdubush: Merci à tout les gens qui m'ont supporté cette semaine. Premier top 10 en majeur,c'est l'expérience qui rentre. @McIlroyRory u'r thr best!"

Paul Lawrie, @PaulLawriegolf: "Massive congrats @McIlroyRory great performance this week"

Suzann Pettersen, @suzannpettersen: "Congrats to @McIlroyRory !#major #ClaretJug @nikegolf #justdoit"

Gary Player, @garyplayer: "Congratulations @McIlroyRory on a fantastic victory @The_Open. One more for the Grand Slam"

Justin Thomas, @JustinThomas34: "Watching @McIlroyRory dominate has that similar feeling to watching Tiger in his hay-day, both absolute machines when they're on"

Steve Elkington, @elkpga: "Rory's swing is so awesome right now.... Full flight"

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Also a few kind words for the runners-up:

Pablo Larrazabal, @plarrazabal: "I really want to congratulate to@TheSergioGarcia for his #battlemode today... Was all about fighting and he did... His major will come soon

Erik Compton, @ErikCompton3: "@RickieFowlerPGA Great job buddy, your win is coming soon! #TheOpen"