Rory McIlroy's cover blown during secret ad shoot for US sunglasses firm
US Open winner Rory McIilroy saw his cover blown when hundreds of fans turn up to watch him film a secret multi-million dollar ad campaign.
Earlier this week Rory McIlory spoke of taking a well-earned break following his historic US Open win in Maryland.
But yesterday the Holywood superstar was as much in demand as ever as he carried out promotional work in Donegal.
McIlroy's photo-shoot - part of a contract which is estimated to be worth $6m (£3.76m) with US sunglasses giant Oakley - was meant to be a closely-guarded secret.
But word spread quickly throughout the parish and the county, that Rory was due to visit Ballyliffin Golf Club in Inishowen for his corporate engagement.
Rory, who is an honorary member of the club where he shot a course record, four under par 67 exactly five years ago on the Old Course, arrived in the style that befits an international sports star.
His helicopter pilot negotiated the dune and rough lined manicured links fairways to make a soft landing on the club's landing pad.
Rory, eating an orange, emerged from the chopper to the cheers of hundreds of people, most of them Ballyliffin club members.
He went into the clubhouse for a private lunch after which he posed for photographs and allowed his fans to be photographed with the US Open trophy.
One of those fans who managed to get his hands on the trophy was local Garda Superintendent Kevin English from Buncrana.
“It's a great day for the county and for the club,” he said
“Rory's achievement in winning the US Open was simply tremendous and we're pleased that one of his first engagements after winning his first Major was here in Ballyliffin.
“We are delighted simply to be a part of this special day. It's a privilege to get my hands on the US Open trophy.”
The Club captain Colm McCarroll, who officially welcomed Rory to Ballyliffin, said it was an historic day for the Donegal links club.
“It's simply astonishing to have the US Open champion here so soon after his triumph,” he said.
“We knew quite some time ago that Rory would be coming here today but little did we think he'd be coming as US Open champion.
“Rory is a credit to the sport. I have been following his career closely since he was 14 or 15.
“It was evident then that, in golfing terms, he was an exceptional talent and it's great to see him fulfilling that talent.
“I am also delighted to see so many club members here to share in what is an historic day for the club.”
Rory’s busy week
SUNDAY: Wins US Open
MONDAY: Flies out of the US after contractual obligations are fulfilled
TUESDAY: Returns to the UK. Filming in Birmingham with Ant and Dec. Flies home to Northern Ireland
WEDNESDAY: Meets the media and the public at Holywood Golf Club
THURSDAY: Meets fans during photoshoot in Donegal for US sunglasses range