Golf: Rory McIlroy Wins Irish Open
Rory McIlroy won his first ever Irish Open at the weekend at The K Club. McIlroy’s win represents the first time an Irishman has won the competition since Shane Lowry in 2009 and the 7th time overall that a native has lifted the trophy aloft.
In a tight finish McIlroy produced what he called the best shot of his career on the 16th hole, which helped him on his way to glory.
The winner’s prize fund was a staggering (and slightly ominous) €666k, which Rory generously donated the entirety of to charity.
As it was the Irish Open, it clearly wasn’t about personal gain for the 27-year-old four-time major winner. Indeed, McIlroy was visibly holding back the tears once it became clear he would claim victory on the final hole as it all got too much for him.
“I don’t usually get emotional over golf or over wins, but it all just sort of hit me,” McIlroy told RTÉ Sport’s Greg Allen.
“We have made a big commitment to the Irish Open to make it one of the best golf tournaments in the world, but also to raise a lot of money for people who really need it.
“I feel like I achieved both of those things last week in terms of winning the golf tournament which was seen all over the world but also raising so much money for a lot of charities, families and kids who need it.
“I had a few moments to think about all that on the 18th green before I hit my final putt. I was really trying not to cry.
“It all just sort of hit me and when that final putt went in, the relief and the emotions that just sort of washed over me… I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced it before in golf.
“For it all to pan out the way it did, it really couldn’t have gone any better.”
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