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Editor's Viewpoint: Friends first for Rory

Being a sporting superstar means moving in exalted circles. Just ask Rory McIlroy who will have top TV presenters, Ant and Dec, as his guests when he challenges for the Masters golf title later this week.

Perhaps they will be his lucky mascots after last year's final round meltdown. He has also recently been invited to the White House and, of course, has a celebrity girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki,

But he hasn't forgotten his old friends. The three mates from Co Down who joined him for the Masters last year will accompany him to the US Open shortly. Rory manages to carry the mantle of stardom lightly and long may he continue to do so.

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