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Major success next for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy’s grounded attitude has been underlined by Holywood Golf Club’s Paul Gray.

McIlroy’s talent was first noted when he was a kid playing the fairways at Holywood.

Clearly there is much pride in how the club’s most famous member has performed in his career to date, not least that first victory on American soil.

General Manager Gray says: “Rory might drive a Lamborghini, but he’s just a regular kid.”

Recalling early evidence of McIlroy’s potential he continued: “He shot 61 in an amateur tournament some years ago in the North of Ireland at Royal Portrush, which is a top golf course. He knocked it round there in 11 under par. Rory’s very capable of these low scores and not everybody is able to do that.”

Reflecting on Sunday’s events , Gray stated: “He had a great finish to the front nine and his back nine was fantastic. He never blinked at all. He just focused on the flag and went for it.”

Holywood’s General Manager added: “I know he was down after missing the cut at the Masters and he came home to see his coach Michael Bannon in Bangor.

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“They really got back to some basics and he started playing naturally again and feeling the shots more.

“He’s down to earth. He’s just a 20-year-old kid who loves playing golf. Money and stuff like that is going to come second.

“He comes back here all the time when he’s at home to spend time with his friends.”

Asked what comes next he added: “Rory has set himself very high expectations. He wants to go on and win majors and I’m sure he’ll do that.”

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