NI homecoming for Open champ Rory

Published Monday, 21 July 2014
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Rory McIlroy and the coveted Claret Jug have been welcomed back home to Northern Ireland, following his success at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

NI homecoming for Open champ Rory
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
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19 Comments
peter in co.down wrote (100 days ago):
all the money he earn ne never puts nothing into holywood i say he to stuck up couldnt put on a open bus parade through holywood he so bigged head anyway
Chris in Belfast wrote (101 days ago):
They are NOT ALLOWED to sign autographs until they hand in their score card. Those saying he should have signed it don't know what they are taking about.
Peter in Finaghy, Belfast wrote (101 days ago):
People People People. Please google this and you will see: " He tweeted 'Just to clear up the signature thing. We are asked not to sign autographs until we have officially handed in our scorecards. #RulesAreRules.' " Ok? Issue solved!
Trevor in banbridge wrote (101 days ago):
Did Rory not sell up and move overseas to avoid paying tax????? If he did he is no longer at home.
Ady in Cookstown wrote (101 days ago):
Would some of the clowns on here criticise Ronaldo for not signing an autograph as he was about to take a penalty ? It's the same thing for Rory, he is still in play ,it's the rules !!! p.s The "wee boy" was a big strapping lad who climbed a fence and bundled his way through people to get to Rory !!!
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