Published Wednesday, 09 April 2014
All Blacks star Dan Carter with Holywood golfer Rory McIlroy. (© Dan Carter)
The two-time major winner is in Augusta for the 2014 US Masters, but spotted Carter by chance and took some time out of his workout to chat with the rugby player.
"Yeah, I was trying to twist his arm a little bit," McIlroy joked with reporters at a pre-tournament press conference.
"I walked into the gym and I saw him on the bike and I go: 'There's a big lad ...'
"And I was like, it sort of looks like him - but then I'm like, what would he be doing here? Shouldn't he be playing down in the southern hemisphere somewhere?"
But, on working out that it actually was, in McIlroy's own words, "one of the best rugby players in the world", the world of golf's current number nine headed over to say hello.
"I went over and introduced myself and he's telling me that they are giving him six months off to recover from the Achilles injury that he had last year," McIlroy said.
"And so he's just a big fan of golf, here sort of to enjoy it.
"I talked to him a little bit about the Heineken Cup defeat we had on Saturday. But I think, yeah, it would take a few Masters wins for me to try and sign him for Ulster! It was great to meet him."
Speaking about his sixth appearance in the Masters tournament, McIlroy added that he would have no excuses if he didn't play to the best of his ability.
"Mind, body, equipment, it's all there," he added.
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