Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Rory McIlroy 'desperate' to watch Man United in Champions League final

Rory McIlroy

Manchester United-mad Rory McIlroy is desperate to see his heroes play in the Champions League final on Saturday night.

Ulster golf ace McIlroy, a Red Devils season ticket holder, has already booked his seat for the Wembley encounter between Sir Alex Ferguson's men and the highly-fancied Barcelona.

But there's only one problem — the 21-year-old Holywood man just happens to be playing in the BMW PGA Championship tournament this weekend.

And now McIlroy is hoping the tournament organisers give him an early tee-off time on Saturday so he can make the dash from the Wentworth club in Surrey in time for the 7.45pm kick-off in London.

“Manchester United are my team and I've got season tickets at Old Trafford,” said the world-ranked number six golfer.

“Unfortunately, I didn't get over to see them lift the Premier League trophy last Sunday, so now I desperately want to get to the Champions League final.” He added, jokingly: “I'm going to put a request in with the European Tour (chiefs) to see if they can push the tee time forward, just in case.

“Luckily, the Wentworth course isn't too far away, so I'm pretty confident I'll get to the game on time.”

McIlroy, however, assured his fans that he won't be letting the football cloud his thoughts when he's on the Wentworth fairways.

“The PGA is one of the biggest events on the European tour and I'm certainly looking forward to getting out there and giving it my best,” he said.

Rory, who is also a keen follower of the Ulster rugby team, said that after this weekend he will start preparing in earnest for another attempt at winning his first Major.

He hopes to emulate compatriot and good friend Graeme McDowell by landing the US Open at the Congressional Country Club next month — and finally erasing the memory of his dramatic final round collapse at the Masters a few weeks ago.

“After everything that went on there, it will be good to get stuck into the second Major of the season,” he said.

“And, hopefully, I won't make the same mistakes again.”

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