McIlroy Goes Wire to Wire For Third Major Championship

New York Times: Sports Monday

Monday, July 21, 2014

BRITISH OPEN: Royal Liverpool

McIlroy Goes Wire to Wire for Third Major Championship, by Christopher Clarey

Hoylake, England–“By the standards of final British Open chapters, this was no major thriller, but it was not the relaxed Sunday stroll around Royal Liverpool that it might have been for Rory McIlroy.  His lead, as imposing as seven strokes in the early stages of the fourth round, was down to two with five holes to play.”  It was still only two at the 18th hole.

“The Open is the one that we all want, the one we strive for,’ McIlroy said in his postvictory remarks…”

Wire to wire is a horse racing idiom to portray a horse going ahead of the pack from the beginning of the race (just out of the wire) to the end.   In fact, “Wire to Wire” is the name of a newsletter posted on the web for thoroughbred owners.  The idiom is used in the above article about Rory McIlroy, who won the British Open golf tournament a little over a week ago.  Mr. McIlroy was ahead in the first rounds of the tournament and, again, in the final round, and he won, wire to wire. 






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