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Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy to parade the Claret Jug at Old Trafford this weekend

Published 11/08/2014 | 09:17

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates with his father Gerry, after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy believes he is playing the best golf of his life (AP)
Rory McIlroy celebrates with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald aftet his win. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy poses with the Wanamaker trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy poses with the Wanamaker trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his one-stroke victory with his father Gerry. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his birdie putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Reuters
Rory McIlroy fought back after dropping two shots early on (AP)
Rory McIlroy catches the Wanamaker Trophy as it slips out of the hands of PGA president Ted Bishop when presented after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds part of the Wanamaker Trophy after being presented the trophy from PGA of America president Ted Bishop after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy hugs his father Gerry McIlroy after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy hugs his caddie JP Fitzgerald after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy accepts the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club

Avid Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy will be acclaimed by the Old Trafford faithful on Saturday before Louis van Gaal's side take on Swansea on the opening day of the season but only one major trophy will be accompanying him.

The 25-year-old took his private jet to New York after his amazing win at the US PGA Championship in Valhalla last night to celebrate but will be back across the pond by the end of the week.

The world number one will head home to Northern Ireland before jetting to Manchester to take in the Red Devils first league game of the season.

He will have the Claret Jug with him but is unlikely to bring along the 24lb Wanamaker trophy as well.

"I've got a week off now and I'm really going to enjoy it and celebrate it. I'm going to share it with the people who are close to me," McIlroy told RTE.

"I'll be back in Northern Ireland by the end of the week.

"I don't know if I can parade the Wanamaker and the Claret Jug at the same time at Old Trafford on Saturday... I'll try.

"I'll go to Old Trafford and watch the first game of the season and bring the Claret Jug with me. That'll be a great thrill.

"I want to let this all sink in this week. It has been an incredible run of golf."

After a third straight tournament win, McIlroy has to contend with the inevitable question of where his fourth major victory places him in the annals of golfing history.

"If I start to think about my place in the game, there's only two active players in this era that have more majors than me and thats Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson," he added.

"I've drawn level with Ernie Els today, I've drawn level with VJ Singh, I've drawn level with Raymond Floyd. They'll be in the Hall of Fame in golf, if not already, and I've put my name alongside theirs at the age of 25.

"I'm not sure if I'm ever going to have another summer like this."

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