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Golf Australia Express : Issue 4
OTG: You come across as mature beyond your years. How do you stay so grounded after winning a major at just 22? RM: Not sure must be a good upbringing and my parents would have to take credit for that. Are your friends treating you the same as before? Are they doing anything to help keep you “grounded”? Say, pranks and the like? No my mates treat me just the same. Do you ever get out for hit with your mates or family members? If so, is there a special track you like going out for a social hit? I do quite often and we usually head for Royal County Down or Royal Portrush. You grew up playing at your local course, Holywood Golf Club. Describe the essence of that club? It’s a great place full of characters. It just full of down to earth friendly people and right next to the School I went to so I suppose I got more practice in because of that. You’ve mentioned how supportive your parents have been. How cool is it to have your dad walk the fairways with you? Tough to describe. I’m incredibly close to my parents and to be able to “I LOVE PLAYING IN THE US—IT’S JUST DIFFICULT TO MEET THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF EVENTS.” CHAT THE RORS: IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS ONE US OPEN. WINS IN THE US AND EUROPE. A NO.4 WORLD RANKING. RORY MCILROY’S START TO PROFESSIONAL GOLF HAS BEEN AS GOOD AS HIS BACKERS—INCLUDING SIR NICK FALDO—HAD HOPED FOR. WITH GOLFING GREATNESS AT HIS FINGERTIPS, THIS 22-YEAR-OLD SENSATION IS ONE OF GOLF’S HOTTEST PROPERTIES. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE NORTHERN IRISHMAN TO DISCUSS HIS MAJOR WIN, THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY, EUROPE’S 2010 RYDER CUP TRIUMPH, AND HOW HE COULD SELL SOME OF HIS LUCKY LOCKS ON EBAY. WITH RORY MCILROY WITH THE FINAL ROUND OF THE US OPEN FALLING ON EUROPE’S FATHER’S DAY, RORY DEDICATED HIS FIRST MAJOR WIN TO HIS FATHER, GERRY.