Rory McIlroy Makes Open History With Win in Scotland

Rory McIlroy Wins 2023 Genesis Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy poses with the trophy after winning the Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club on July 16, 2023 in North Berwick, Scotland. (Photo by Keyur Khamar for the PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy won the Genesis Scottish Open on Sunday. It was the Northern Irishman’s 24th career PGA Tour win, joining Dustin Johnson and Gary Player at T26 on the tour’s all-time win list.

McIlroy also became the first golfer in history to win the three national golf opens that comprise the British Isles: British Open (2014), Irish Open (2016) and Scottish Open (2023).

“That’s really cool, especially a player coming from this part of the world where those three tournaments mean a lot to us,” McIlroy said to CBS Sports’ Amanda Renner.

“It’s another national open. I’ve sort of been big on national opens over the years, and I’m racking up a few of them. So that’s a pretty accolade to have.”

In addition to the three European open titles, McIlroy has also won the U.S. Open (2011), Hong Kong Open (2011), Australian Open (2013) and a pair of Canadian Opens (2019, 2022). In all, he has won seven national opens.

“The national titles are a pretty big deals, especially when you look at the trophy and see the list of winners that have gotten their name on them,” said McIlroy. “So it’s nice to add my name to this one now.”

McIlroy will look to make it eight open titles as The Open Championship gets underway this week at Royal Liverpool, the venue where he won his first Claret Jug.


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