Rory McIlroy: Royal Portrush should be proud of spectacular setting for Open Championship
Rory McIlroy believes Royal Portrush is looking "spectacular" ahead of The Open Championship.
The Open makes its return to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 when the world's best golfers take to the famous Dunluce Links next week.
McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, will be among the favourites to lift the Claret Jug on home soil, and the 30-year-old believes the nation should be proud to have a Major on its shores.
"It's spectacular, it's unbelievable. It's certainly a different golf course than the golf course I grew up playing!" said McIlroy.
"It's bigger, it's tougher and obviously all the infrasture out there.
"I've been looking at pictures posted on social media and the place looked stunning, but to get out here and experience it has really been worthwhile.
"I'm proud to feel as if I've played some small part in getting The Open Championship to Northern Ireland. The success of Darren (Clarke), Graeme (McDowell), myself and Padraig (Harrington) as well was part of the reason why the R&A wanted to come here, and also the work done by the (club general manager) Wilma Erskine and the people of Portrush.
"There's a lot of people that can be proud of themselves that The Open is at Royal Portrush."