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Rory McIlroy: Dad could see how frustrated I was before Irish Open success

By Phil Casey

Published 02/06/2016

Rory McIlroy was relieved to get his first win of the year in the Irish Open
Rory McIlroy was relieved to get his first win of the year in the Irish Open

Rory McIlroy has admitted his patience had almost run out before securing his first win of the season in brilliant fashion in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open last month.

Ulsterman McIlroy, who hosted the tournament with his Rory Foundation, had been frustrated at failing to turn good performances into victories in 2016.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his three shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his three shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open with his caddie JP Fitzgerald at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open with his caddie JP Fitzgerald at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his 2nd shot on the 18th hole with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his 2nd shot on the 18th hole with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (left) is presented with the trophy by Taoiseach Enda Kenny after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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 with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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 with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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 with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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 with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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 with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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 with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. 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.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) joins Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, as he poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 18th green during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, celebrates after holing his final put on the 18th green to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, celebrates holing his final put on the 18th green to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (2nd L), gestures to the crowd as he walks up the 18th fairway on his way to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Spectators watch on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales walks to the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland prepares to hit his approach on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales hits an approach to the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales reacts on the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales hits an approach to the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Winner, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (L) shakes hands with Scotland's Russell Knox on the 18th green after his final round 69 on the fourth day of the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. Knox finished three shots back in joint-second place with Welshman Bradley Dredge. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain's wife Gala Ortin watching the golf during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain's wife Gala Ortin watching the golf during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green on his way to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green after his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald as he prepares to play his second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee-shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is congratulated by Russell Knox of Scotland on the 18th green after his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Enda Kenny TD, An Taoiseach, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dr Michael Smurfit, the owner of The K Club, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dr Michael Smurfit, the owner of The K Club, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Hail stops play during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England putts on the 9th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England plays a chip shot to the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Russell Knox of Scotland putts on the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats with Danny Willett of England on the 18th fairway during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with his father Gerry, mother Rosie and fiance Erica Stoll after victory in the final round of the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 9th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England makes his way down the 9th fairway during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

He saw his three-shot lead after 54 holes become a one-shot deficit with three holes remaining at The K Club as Scotland's Russell Knox fought back.

However, the World No.3 then birdied the par-five 16th and fired a stunning approach from 252 yards to within three feet on the 18th for a closing eagle.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, McIlroy said: "I flew back after The Players (Championship) and landed in Dublin. I met mum and dad in the hotel and the first thing my dad said was, 'You looked miserable on the course'.

"I replied I'm not miserable. I'm not happy, but it's been a frustrating few months because I feel like my play has been better than the results have been dictating, but at the same time, it's not all about just playing well.

"You need to play well when it matters, and that's what I was not doing. It was frustrating. So to finally get that win there was relief in there, but I never knew how much it meant to me to win at home until I actually did."

McIlroy has been paired with World No.2 Jordan Spieth for the first two rounds at Muirfield Village, with World No.1 Jason Day also competing.

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