Rory admittedly stated this could be the beginning of a big summer for him. For his first win of the season, Rory McIlroy’s fantastic win at Irish Open makes him hold back the tears of joy for not only his own goals, but his foundation as well. His first prize winnings of £515,000 will be donated to his own foundation which hosted the tournament for the second year.
And after McIlroy failed to convert a precise approach to the 17th, he atoned with the shot of the week at the last as a perfectly struck five-wood from over 250 yards pitched on the front of the green and rolled to within two feet of the hole.
The 27-year-old tapped in for eagle to wrap up his first victory since lifting the DP World Tour Championship title in November last year, and he was understandably delighted with both his performance and a hugely successful week for his Rory Foundation charity.
“I had a little bit of time on the green when Russell and Danny [Willett] were finishing out, and I was trying to hold back the tears then,” said McIlroy, who confirmed earlier this month that he would not be playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
“You know, golf-wise this week, it’s obviously very important to me but the work that we’ve put into this tournament and the work that we’ve put into the foundation, and the people that we are going help from this week, that’s probably more important. We’ve broken the million euro mark this week, which is absolutely incredible.
“I don’t usually get emotional about golf or about wins, but this one, it means just a little bit more, because it’s not just for myself. It’s for a lot of other people, so it’s a day I’ll not forget for a while.
“To win the Irish Open, to win your national Open, you don’t get many opportunities to do it. I knew I needed to take this chance and I’m just glad I came up with the right shots at the right time. Those shots at 16 and 18 are right up there as among my career best. (Read more here).
Rory McIlroy is on route for another gangbusters season. Let’s see how the remaining three majors, the Olympics, and upcoming FedEx Cup line up for him.