Tuesday 28 March 2017

Even Rory can't get McGuinness into swing of things

Rory McIlroy, left, winces as Martin McGuinness chips a ball toward an assistant as Peter Robinson looks on
Rory McIlroy, left, winces as Martin McGuinness chips a ball toward an assistant as Peter Robinson looks on
Relief for all three after it missed
Rory McIlroy, left, winces as Martin McGuinness chips a ball toward an assistant as Peter Robinson looks on
Relief for all three after it missed

Lesley-Anne Henry

HE was taking tips from one of the best in the world, but Martin McGuinness clearly needs to dramatically improve his swing.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister narrowly missed hitting one of his private secretaries during a brief lesson from US Open champion Rory McIlroy yesterday.

The Sinn Fein man was left red-faced after chipping the ball directly towards the female member of staff on the lawn at Stormont Castle. Even the normally unflappable McIlroy looked worried. Fortunately, the ball fell short of the civil servant so officials and ministers were able to laugh it off.

Peter Robinson, who has taken up golf in recent years, made a better attempt with the iron.

The First and Deputy First Ministers had invited the 22-year-old sports star to Stormont.

McIlroy once again proudly showed off the silver trophy earned in his flawless performance at the Congressional course in Maryland two weeks ago, but he is taking a well-earned break from the greens. On Wednesday he received a standing ovation when he arrived in the Royal Box to watch the Wimbledon women's semi finals.

While in London he also hooked up with tennis pals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but threw his weight behind Scotsman Andy Murray to take the men's title.

This weekend he plans to travel to Germany to watch the world heavyweight clash between David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko.

Irish Independent

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