Published Tuesday, 21 June 2011
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McIlroy comes home
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The 22-year-old returned by private plane on Tuesday evening after touching down at London Heathrow earlier in the day.
McIlroy, who broke records as he won in stunning style at the US Open in Maryland, is set to receive a hero's welcome at Holywood Golf Club as it celebrates his homecoming on Wednesday.
However the champion ended any speculation of an open-top bus trip around Belfast in a message posted on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
He tweeted: "And for anyone who's interested there'll be no open top bus parade in Belfast! I'm a golfer not a football team!!"
McIlroy will receive a special welcome at Stormont Castle with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
"It's great to be back home," the golfer said.
"Even nicer to have this on my kitchen table!!" he added, with a picture of his gleaming trophy resting on his tabletop.
McIlroy spent the day in the midlands filming with TV presenters Ant and Dec for a forthcoming show.
The US Open is his first major tournament win, and McIlroy is now setting his sights on the British Open.
Mcllroy said he is planning to take a three-week break before the tournament.
"I've got three weeks off and then the British Open. So I'm just going to take it easy for the next couple of weeks and let it sink in," he told reporters at Heathrow.
He has also said he will play in the Irish Open in August where he will be sure to attract a massive home crowd to Killarney.
McIlroy shattered records in Maryland as he clinched his maiden major title by eight shots with a 16 under par total on Sunday.
The Co Down golfer became the youngest winner of the title since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the youngest major winner since Tiger Woods at the Masters in 1997.
He is also the second consecutive champion from Northern Ireland after Graeme McDowell last year, and he said the success of his good friend GMAC helped him believe he could do it too.
Speaking to UTV on Monday, McIlroy said: "I think Northern Ireland is the best place in the world".
"Obviously I'm biased because I'm from there! I love getting home and I'm very proud of where I'm from. It's going to be great to celebrate with my close friends and family."