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Rory McIlroy holds back tears after donating £500k Irish Open cheque to children's charities

From agony to ecstasy... Rory's torturous road to glory in emotional victory at K Club

By Nevin Farrell

An emotional Rory McIlroy had tears in his eyes as he donated his Irish Open winner's cheque for more than half a million pounds to a charity for sick children.

The 27-year-old golfing star from Holywood, Co Down, toasted victory at The K Club in Kildare with his fiancee Erica Stoll and his mum and dad Gerry and Rosie.

Before handing over £515,422 to his own charity, the Rory Foundation, McIlroy said: "I'm obviously over the moon and I'm very happy, but I had to hold back the tears on the 18th green.

"I even started to choke up a little bit walking off the green.

"It means an awful lot. This tournament now to me is one of the most important of my year.

"Not just because it is the Irish Open and it's home, but because of what we're doing charitable-wise as well.

"The kids we've helped out this week. The money we've raised will go a long way to making their lives a little bit better."

He added: "To win in front of my home fans and to look up and see my friends and family there is something very special for me. To finish like I did is something I'll never forget and I'm excited about the weeks ahead. Hopefully I can take this form into the summer.

"This is a tournament I have grown up watching as a kid and playing in as an amateur and basically dreaming about since I first held a golf club, so to win it today and win it in the fashion that I did and being host as well, means an awful lot."

Three children's charities will share in the windfall.

The charities, located close to the illustrious country club, include Barretstown, which offers medically-supported camping for seriously-ill children, the Jack and Jill Foundation for children with disabilities, and the LauraLynn Children's Hospice.

The Rory Foundation already supports Daisy Lodge in Co Down, an organisation for children suffering from cancer and other serious illness, and which received a £1m boost from the golfer's charity in 2014.

In the past, McIlroy's Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to Mencap NI, a charity that works alongside children and young people with a learning disability.

It was McIlroy's first win of the season.

He trailed Scotland's Russell Knox by one shot with three holes to play, but excellent second shots at the 16th and 18th helped him to the birdie and eagle which saw him win by three.

McIlroy was the first winner of the Irish Open from Northern Ireland in 70 years.

Danny Willett of England tees off on the 7th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Danny Willett of England tees off on the 7th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 9th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Danny Willett of England looks down the 6th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Danny Willett of England hits his 3rd shot on the 6th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 4th tee during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland checking the direction of the wind during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 2nd tee during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Matthew Southgate of England reacts on the 5th tee during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Marc Warren of Scotland reacts on the 5th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walking to the 5th tee during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Marc Warren of Scotland tees off on the 4th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with an umbrella on the 5th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Matthew Southgate of England tees off on the 3rd hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Matthew Southgate of England wait on the 4th tee during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands under an umbrella on the 4th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his approach to the 2nd green during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Tyrrell Hatton 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 The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Spain's Pablo Larrazabal chips onto the 10th green during day three of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 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 21: Marc Warren of Scotland warms up on the range during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Spain's Pablo Larrazabal plays his second shot on the 10th hole during day three of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 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 21: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium tees off on the 2nd hole during the third round of Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Graeme McDowell of Norther Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during the third round of Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Robert Dinwiddie 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 The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium tees off on the 2nd hole during the third round of Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland's parents Godfrey and Hettie Clarke follow their son during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand walks across a bridge on the 1st hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland walks across a bridge to the 1st hole with his caddie Ken Comboy during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Paul McGinley of Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 21: Shane Lowry of Ireland gives a thumbs up on the 12th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Ricardo Gouveia of Portugal hits his 2nd shot on the 11th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 21, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Matthew Southgate of England in action on the ninth hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Matthew Southgate of England in action on the ninth hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Paul McGinley of Ireland during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Matthew Southgate of England in action on the ninth hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Paul Lawrie of Scotland waits on the 11th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Shane Lowry of Ireland on the par four 11th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy waves at the crowd on the tenth tee during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. Pic- PA
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Padraig Harrington of Ireland walks up the 10th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Johan Carlsson of Sweden tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Nicole Willett watches her husband Danny in action during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Paul McGinley of Ireland hits an approach shot during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England lines up a putt with caddie Jonathan Smart on the 9th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits his 3rd shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England chips to the 9th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
England's Danny Willett on the 9th tee box during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Danny Willett of England lines up on the 9th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England talks to the media after completing his round during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England watches his tee shot on the 8th hole as Lee Westwood and Rafa Cabrera-Bello walk off during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Crowds watch Danny Willett of England chip to the 9th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 8th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy walks off the 9th green after completing his round during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy walks off the 9th green after completing his round during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 9th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Large crowds watch Danny Willett of England during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: The fiancee of Rory McIlroy, Erica Stoll follow his group during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 7th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
England's Danny Willett after his second shot on the 7th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Lee Westwood of England reacts to his tee shot on the 2nd hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Lee Westwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Felipe Aguilar of Chile hits his tee-shot on the 7th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free IrisFelipe Aguilar of Chile waits on the 7th hole h Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England waits on the 3rd tee during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 15th tee during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Felipe Aguilar of Chile hits his tee-shot on the 7th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free IrisFelipe Aguilar of Chile waits on the 7th hole h Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy watches his second shot on the 5th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 plays onto the 5th green during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Richie Ramsay of Scotland tees off on the 12th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Jamie Donaldson of Wales looks towards the pin on the 18th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England hits his approach on the 1st hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot in to the par five 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Haotong Li of China chips on the practice ground during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tees off on the 5th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Soomin Lee of Korea hits from a bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Soomin Lee of Korea hits from a bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Lee Westwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Lee Westwood of England hits his approach to the 18th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland pulls a club as caddie Gerry Byrne looks on during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England hits his approach to the 18th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after his 3rd shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 17th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Marc Warren of Scotland lines up with his caddie Ken Herring on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Jaco van Zyl of South Africa hits a bunker shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Marc Warren of Scotland celebrates a birdie on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Marc Warren of Scotland lines up with his caddie Ken Herring on the 18th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Marc Warren of Scotland tees off on the 1st hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland's mother Rose and Fiancee Erica Stoll follow his group during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Michael Hoey 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 The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
England's Danny Willett on the 15th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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.
England's Danny Willett tees of on the 16th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Andy Sullivan of England reacts to a missed putt on the 15th green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
England's Danny Willett hits his second shot on the 16th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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.
England's Danny Willett putts on the 15th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 16th tee during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 16th tee during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France walks over the bridge on the 6th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
England's Lee Westwood hits his second shot on the 15th hole during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 on the 13th green during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 makes his way to the 14th tee box during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 14th tee during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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 20: Callum Shinkwin of England looks down the 7th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Richard Bland of England gestures on the 6th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 20: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 10th hole during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 20, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day two of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 20, 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.

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