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Irish Open 2015: Rory McIlroy's superstar pals lend support at charity bash

McIlroy's charitable side on a par with his sporting prowess as he joins fundraiser at Daisy Lodge cancer event

By Steven Beacom

Published 27/05/2015

Rory McIlory snaps a selfie with the cast of Riverdance at a fundraiser at Daisy Lodge children’s cancer home in Newcastle in advance of the Irish Open
Rory McIlory snaps a selfie with the cast of Riverdance at a fundraiser at Daisy Lodge children’s cancer home in Newcastle in advance of the Irish Open
Rory McIlroy with Gillian Creevy, CEO of the Cancer Fund for Children
American Ricky Fowler with his girlfriend Alexis Randock
Spanish superstar Sergio Garcia arrives at the Daisy Lodge

Rory McIlroy wins golf tournaments like nobody else on the planet at the moment.

The impressive young man is fast becoming equally adept at winning hearts and minds off the course.

The world number one from Holywood spoke with genuine pride and affection last night about helping some of those less fortunate than himself in Northern Ireland, as he hosted a star-studded fundraising event in aid of the Cancer Fund for Children at Daisy Lodge, outside Newcastle.

For good measure he brought a couple of superstar mates, popular Spaniard Sergio Garcia and classy American Rickie Fowler, with him to the bash taking place just a few miles away from the Royal County Down Golf Course, which is staging this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Rory's charitable Foundation is hosting the tournament and doing an excellent job of it, with McIlroy the man everyone wants to see.

At Daisy Lodge, the 26-year-old's presence was appreciated just as much by 200 invited guests, who enjoyed entertainment from another local favourite, Dundrum native Patrick Kielty, compere and wit for the evening as well as a spectacular show from the renowned Riverdance company.

Those in attendance also heard all about Daisy Lodge and the wonderful work it does to give families affected by cancer a warm and welcoming place to stay when quite simply they need a break.

McIlroy had previously pledged to donate £1m to the state-of-the-art facility, which has helped almost 400 families from across the island of Ireland.

Speaking at the event, he said: "When I first came here and heard the stories of the families I was genuinely touched and I wanted to help. I'm proud that I have been able to give something back to Daisy Lodge."

He also thanked everyone involved with the Rory Foundation for their sterling efforts.

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen acknowledges the crowd on the 16th green during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen acknowledges the crowd on the 16th green during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Tyrrell Hatton on the 2nd green during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello celebrates an eagle on the 16th during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain celebrates a putt on the 16th hole on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark waves to the crowd on the 18th hole on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Padraig Harrington meeting members of Irelands special Olympic team at the driving range during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
USA's Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the 2nd during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Germany's Maximilian Kiefer watches his tee shot on the 1st during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
England's Luke Donald watches his tee shot on the 2nd during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
England's Matt Ford watches his tee shot on the 2nd during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Austrian golfer Bern Wiesberger drives off the fifth hole on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts to an eagle on the 16th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Tyrrell Hatton of England tees off on the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey watches his drive from the rough onto the 3rd green on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey lines up his putt shot on the 5th green on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Richie Ramsay of Scotland looks down the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Matt Ford of England tees off on the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria covers up from the cold during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Luke Donald of England looks down the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Eddie Pepperell of England walks off the 18th green during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain tees off on the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Lee Westwood of England chips to the 18th green during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark watches Chris Wood of England tee off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey lines up his putt shot on the 5th green on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Darren Clarke plays from the bunker on the 10th during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina catches his ball during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Andy Sullivan of England looks on with his caddie on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th May 2015? First Minister Peter Robinson pictured during a visit of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson arrives at the course after he was discharged from hospital yesterday, four days after suffering a suspected heart attack, during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Andy Sullivan of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Maximilian Kieffer of Germany tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: John Parry of England tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Bradley Dredge of Wales tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England pulls a club on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Matt Ford of England tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS The crowd fills a hill at the 5th hole with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Anthony Wall of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29 : Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gestures on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland gestures after his tee shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell (L) taking with Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (R) on the first tee during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy plays out of the rough toward the 9th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany helps his caddie Craig Connelly to his feet after he fell during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Golf Volunteer Ken McCaw from Holywood sheltering under an upturned umbrella during a heavy rain shower surrounded by empty deckchairs on the Newcastle Promanade, while the second day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was played at Royal County Down. Northern Ireland- 29th May 2015
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Lee Westwood of England plays his tee shot on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (R) looks on on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell trying out an egg chipping contest during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (R) looks on on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks down the 15th hole with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Rickie Fowler of the United States during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks down the 15th hole with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Rickie Fowler of the United States during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rickie Fowler of the United States tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his frist birdie of the week on the 7th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 10th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Gary McShane and Ciaran Murphy (R), winners of the Emirates Wacky Trousers' day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Gary McShane and Ciaran Murphy (R), winners of the Emirates Wacky Trousers' day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland looks down the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy watches his 2nd shot on the 9th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Rory McIlroy on the 9th fairway during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Rory McIlroy on the 7th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 6th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Rory McIlroy on the 9th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Rory McIlroy watches his second shot on the 6th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Germany's Maximillian Kiefer lines up a putt on the 1st during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts after his second shot on the 4th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry smiles after putting with his wedge during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington plays from the rough on the 8th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Germany's Maximillian Kiefer plays from the rough on the 1st during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry plays from a bunker on the 14th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry plays from a bunker on the 14th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry putts with a wedge on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
South Africa's Ernie Els reacts to a putt on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
South Africa's Ernie Els reacts to a putt on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
South Africa's Ernie Els chips onto the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Spain's Sergio Garcia plays from the rough on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Spain's Sergio Garcia plays from the bunker on the 12th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Spain's Sergio Garcia narrowly misses a putt on the 10th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches his second shot on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches his second shot on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington lines up a putt on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the 11th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the 10th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington putts on the 12th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Scotland's Richie Ramsay hits his second shot on the 9th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Scotland's Richie Ramsay celebrates a putt on the 8th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts after his second shot on the 4th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry smiles after putting during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington chips on to the green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Finland's Mikko Ilonen watches his tee shot on the 10th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington (right) and Finland's Mikko Ilonen make their way to the 12th tee box during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger watches his putt shot on the 5th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington plays out of the rough onto the 18th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington waves to the crowd after playing his tee shot on the 17th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington (L) lines up up tee shot on the 17th green, in front of the Mournes mountains, on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington plays out of the rough onto the 18th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his 2nd shot on the 5th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 5th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Lee Westwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland runs with his security guard to the 4th tee during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland tees off on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland lines up on the 8th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland celebrates on the 8th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland lines up on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rickie Fowler of the United States lines up on the 3rd green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: General View of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 3rd green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 2nd hole with Martin Kaymer during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 2nd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on the 1st green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 2nd tee during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 2nd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy walks down the 9th hole with Shane Lowry during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy waits on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland putts with a wedge on the 9th green after breaking his putter in anger during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland hitshis approach to the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland putts with a wedge on the 9th green after breaking his putter in anger during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland smiles on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Gary Stal of France on the 8th tee during the second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Felipe Aguilar of Chile on the 8th tee during the second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Simon Thornton of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland tees off on the 11th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria walks up the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Alex Noren of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Steve Webster of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits an approach during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole with his caddie during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole with his caddie during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Simon Thornton of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits an approach during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits an approach during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland lines up on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Alexander Levy of France waits on the 3rd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Alexander Levy of France tees off on the 3rd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Tommy Fleetwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Tommy Fleetwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain checks the lie of Padraig Harrington of Ireland's ball on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: David Howell of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ross Fisher of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Peter Hanson of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium looks down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Marcel Siem of Germany hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Peter Lawrie of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Romain Wattel of France hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Peter Lawrie of Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria lines up his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England walks down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (R) and Andy Sullivan of England look down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

In response Gillian Creevy, CEO of the Cancer Fund for Children, gave an emotive speech about how important it is to have the four-time major winner on their side.

"This week Rory McIlroy brings the eyes of the world to the Irish Open, to Royal County Down and to Daisy Lodge," she said.

"His work has raised our profile and is making a tangible difference. We are proud and grateful to be a beneficiary of the Rory Foundation and for the associated benefits. Rory is an important part of what we are doing today and what we plan to do tomorrow.

"Having you here is creating a magical moment in time for us. And how many magical moments has our host, Rory, given to us over the last few years?

"Well, for us in the Cancer Fund for Children, our spine-tingling moments are created every single day. When a young person fighting a cancer diagnosis turns to us and says: 'I just wouldn't have gotten through this without you,' or a mum says: 'Before I came here, I never thought I would ever laugh again, but a few days in this magical place has quite simply lifted my whole world'. This is when we know we are getting it right."

McIlroy was joined on stage by Fowler, accompanied to the event by girlfriend Alexis, and Garcia for a question and answer session conducted by Di Dougherty from Sky Sports.

They may be rivals on the fairways and greens, but it was clear by their interaction and ability to poke fun at one another that the trio are close friends.

Fowler and Garcia admitted that once McIlroy had asked them to play in this year's Irish Open, they couldn't turn him down, adding how much they are looking forward to taking on the famed Royal County Down course.

To the relief of all the amateurs in the audience, McIlroy revealed that he had lost balls playing on the links earlier this week during practice. If even the best player on the globe does it... the rest of us shouldn't feel so bad.

This morning Rory was due to tee off in the pro-am event and he had three strangers for company who at an impromptu auction last night bid upwards of £150,000 to join him in a four-ball, with the cash going to the Cancer Fund for Children. Watched by his proud parents Gerry and Rosie, McIlroy had joked moments before that he would bid £100,000 to play the course by himself.

He didn't have to... the stakes were soon raised. Everyone wants a piece of Rory. Northern Ireland is lucky to have him.

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