How Rory McIlroy Breathed New Life Into the Irish Open

How Rory McIlroy Breathed New Life Into the Irish Open

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“See, if you’re a real golfer, you’d appreciate the 16th,” McIlroy said with a smile.

Winning at home in front of family, friends and other Irish eyes was something McIlroy, 28, said he had dreamed of since first attending his national open as a spectator in 1999, watching Sergio García win at Druids Glen. McIlroy flew home over Portmarnock during the final round of the 2003 Irish Open and marveled at the size of the crowd, and he reveled in being invited as a teenager to compete at home in 2005 at Carton House.

“It’s something quite close to my heart,” McIlroy said. “To win the Irish Open, to win your national open, you…



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