July 21, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- McIlroy hoisted the Claret Jug for the first time Sunday at Royal Liverpool. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy celebrated his first Open Championship victory long into the wee hours of Monday morning, Jagermeister flowing from the Claret Jug with some 20 or so friends and family on hand for the occasion.
The three-time major champion didn’t get to bed until well after 2:30 a.m. local time with the group starting the party at their rented house, then making their way to a local bar in Liverpool before again returning home.
The victory parade is only just under way, too.
McIlroy landed in Dublin on Monday afternoon and on Wednesday will fulfill a corporate engagement with watchmaker Omega. He is also scheduled to make an appearance in his hometown, Holywood, Northern Ireland, this week and will film some spots with the R&A, too.
In the meantime, the well wishes have already started to pour in.
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, whom McIlroy has become close with since moving to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, two years ago, sent a congratulatory email.
Formula One driver Nico Rosberg, who won Sunday’s race in Germany, texted.
Greg Norman, another South Florida neighbor from nearby Hobe Sound, sent his congratulations, too.
There have been plenty of tweets as well, like the below one shared by 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose on his Instagram account.
McIlroy will remain in the U.K. until next week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, and the PGA Championship at Valhalla the week after that.