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Boxing Day kickabout is sacrosanct, says Rory McIlroy

By Breda Heffernan

An ankle injury picked up during a kickabout with friends may have cost Rory McIlroy the title of world's number one golfer - but he has described their Boxing Day game as "our FA Cup final".

McIlroy said he won't play football again during the golf season. However, his Boxing Day game is sacrosanct.

"That's our FA Cup final. And in that sense it is important to carry on living my life," he said.

McIlroy was speaking at a launch of an app by his sponsor Santander, which tracks customers' spending habits.

The team behind the app crunched some other numbers for him. So far this season, McIlroy has spent 350 hours in the air, 287 nights in hotels and enjoyed just 18 days off.

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