Published Monday, 21 July 2014
Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug. (© Getty)
The Holywood star touched down in Belfast on Monday afternoon, while his local golf club cleared a space in its trophy cabinet.
Fans of the 25-year-old cheered him on over the weekend as he became the first European to win three different majors since The Masters was founded in 1934.
McIlroy is also only the third person ever to achieve the feat by 25, after US legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
His cousin Fergus McIlroy told UTV he's hugely proud of Rory.
"I'm just so happy for him because he's proved everyone who said he couldn't do it wrong," he said.
"He's still one of the best golfers in the world."
McIlroy is, in fact, now the world's number two - just behind Australian Adam Scott and ahead of Sweden's Henrik Stenson.
His latest victory has been hailed by everyone from First and deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, to Prime Minister David Cameron, and former US president Bill Clinton.
© UTV News