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No more teenage kicks for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy bids goodbye to his teenage years today but there will be no great celebration of his 20th birthday as he begins his preparations for this week’s Players Championship at Sawgrass.

It’s McIlroy’s final event in America before next month’s US Open, but he says he can’t wait to get home for next week’s 3 Irish Open at Baltray.

“We don’t play that much links golf on The European Tour so it’s great that the 3 Irish Open is returning to Baltray,” he said.

“I am looking forward to playing it so much because I love links golf. The 3 Irish Open is one of the oldest tournaments on the European Tour and I would love to win at Baltray.

“Returning to links golf after a couple of months in America where I played courses like Augusta and Doral will be a test but it’s a test I’m relishing.”

Meanwhile Frenchman Thomas Levet dedicated his Open de Espana victory yesterday to Seve Ballesteros after lifting the trophy in Girona closing with a round of 68.

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