Rory McIlroy sends old club to gobsmacked Facebook fan
It just goes to show, if you don't ask you don't get.
Superstar golfer Rory McIlroy has shown he is as generous as he is gifted after agreeing to send an old club to a fan.
Emboldened by the veil of social media, an English Facebook user posted a tongue-in-cheek request to the Holywood star that he could put good use to one of the 26-year-old's disused Nike drivers.
But when Rory replied - just 11 minutes later - that all he had to do was send him his address for it to be shipped to him, a gobsmacked Barry Edwards said he'd only been joking.
The former world number one had been speaking of his current trip to Shanghai - where he battled food poisoning on Tuesday - when he made a few product placement comments including one about global sports brand Nike Golf. In reply, Blackpool-based Barry posted a response, stating "nice plug m8 - P.s I still need a new Driver".
"Any chance of one of your old NIKE ones fella."
It was then that the Northern Ireland sporting legend exhibited the generousity people in this part of the world are reputed to possess.
He replied: "Sure. I'll send you a Nike covert driver. Served me well!
"Message me your address and my team will ship it to you," he posted.
Clearly shocked Barry replied: "Seriously???? I was joking lol... But would be very, very greatful (sic)."
Rory confirmed it was "no joke" and told the fan to "Message me and I'll have one shipped. Can't guarantee 320 yard drives though!!"
Facebook users who follow the golfer heaped praise on his kindness.
While other followers joked that the prized bit of kit could find its way on to internet auction sites very soon.
Jake Calder joked: "An ebay special coming up from Barry Edwards later this week. Can't wait to buy Rory's driver."
But Barry, who said "I've gone to work a very excited boy today I must say", gave his assurances there would be no bidding on this particular golf club.
"It's going nowhere... It'll be treasured greatly..." he confirmed.
Another fan, Ann Blackwood from Northern Ireland, summed up the sentiments of the tributes that followed the random act of kindness.
She posted: "Rory we are from Belfast but we live in Canada, we are very proud of you all the best. xx"