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Quail chiefs jet in to hail McIlroy

Rory McIlroy made such an impression on the members of Quail Hollow with his stunning success there last month that a delegation from the North Carolina club travelled to his home club of Holywood yesterday.

The four-strong group were sent by Quail Hollow president John Harris to present a painting and a book to the North Down club.

The group, led by members Lance Emery and Gerry Sennett, also visited Lough Erne where Rory is attached as the touring professional.

McIlroy shot a final round 62 to win at Quail Hollow last month, his first victory on the PGA Tour.

“The members at Quail Hollow were very impressed with Rory and the way that he won the event,” said Holywood general manager Paul Gray.

“They are delighted at the association with Rory and wanted to mark that by paying us a visit.

“They presented us with a painting and a book and in return we gave them copies of our centenary book, which came out a few years ago, and club ties.”

Meanwhile McIlroy, who is playing at St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind this week in preparation for next week’s US Open at Pebble Beach, has revealed he spent a good deal of time with Tiger Woods during last week’s weather-affected Memorial Tournament. The Ulsterman played with Woods for the first time in a skins match before the event.

“Tiger was chatty the whole way round and I really enjoyed being in his company,” he said.

“On the Saturday when we suffered really bad weather delays, he was playing in the group ahead of me so we were both in the same safe house during the delay. As we were pretty bored we started doing a bit of golf trivia which was really entertaining.”

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