Friday 22 September 2017

It's smiles all round for Rory McIlroy and Caroline

Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and father Gerry on the seventh fairway during the 2012 Irish Open
Golf Championship at Royal Portrush, Co Antrim, yesterday
Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and father Gerry on the seventh fairway during the 2012 Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush, Co Antrim, yesterday

Greg Harkin

Rory McIlroy was finding it difficult to resist temptation yesterday -- at every opportunity during his round at the Irish Open the golf star was on the lookout for his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

And while gales lashed the tennis player as she followed her boyfriend around the course at Royal Portrush, Co Antrim, she never faltered.

Not even a bent umbrella or howling winds could dampen her mood as she returned each of the many smiles from Rory.

Rory seems to be on to a winner here, at least in his love life.

"What's not to like?" said the Danish tennis player when asked what she thought of the Irish weather.

She laughed too when a gust of wind caught her brolly, sending all eight sides in the wrong direction. Rory's dad Gerry stepped in to help on the fifth green.

This is one girl who knows how to warm the hearts of the crowd, waving and chatting to some of the 27,000 spectators on the course yesterday.

She stopped on several occasions -- despite the driving rain -- to sign autographs. She even managed a chuckle when one spectator observed: "It's beautiful in London today." Ms Wozniacki was knocked out of the Wimbledon Championships earlier this week.

On the course, Rory missed a series of gilt-edged birdie opportunities but he still managed to go round in a three under par 69, leaving him five under for the tournament.

And as soon as the round was over his parents and girlfriend were whisked off to the privacy of the Royal Portrush clubhouse.

Smile

And if he was feeling down when he got there, actor Bill Murray was there to greet him -- and put a smile on his face.

Moments later Mr McIlroy tweeted a picture of him with the Hollywood star with the message: "Just finished my round and look who I bumped into in the clubhouse! Bill Murray, what a legend."

Asked what his plans were for the evening, he said: "Caroline and I are going to drive home to Belfast tonight and might go out and catch a movie."

Irish Independent

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