It was the trophy he always dreamed of winning and last night Rory McIlroy brought the famous Claret Jug back to Northern Ireland. It will be the second time in three years that the Open trophy has found its way into a local clubhouse. In 2011 Darren Clarke brought it to Royal Portrush. It is fitting that these great champions go back to their roots and perhaps inspire youngsters to take up the game in an attempt to emulate their remarkable feats.
Rory, at just 25, is young enough to be the idol of so many young players, but he is also wise enough to come back to the club where he honed his own gifts and say thanks to all the members there who have supported him through his recent ups and down, both on and off the course. It is a homecoming thoroughly deserved by a true sporting superstar.