Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy will use Ulster pride to put an extra spring in their step when they bid for US Open glory next week.
The Northern Ireland pair go into action at Congressional Country Club knowing that whoever comes out of top will have bragging rights as the king of Irish golf.
It’s a rivalry that’s grown on a yearly basis since McIlroy turned professional in 2007.
And while the 22-year old Holywood starlet goes to the 7,500-yard track as Ireland’s top man in the world rankings, G-Mac will use their rivalry and pride in his roots as a motivational tool in his title defence.
Far from being fazed by the burden of expectation on his shoulders, the Portrush man believes it gives him an advantage.
“The expectation that the country puts on me? I relish that,” McDowell insisted.
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