Golf champion touches down en route to hero’s welcome
Published 21/06/2011 | 11:00
He’s home ... well almost. US Open Champion Rory McIlroy arrives into Terminal 5 of London's Heathrow Airport.
Golfing superstar Rory McIlroy is set to enjoy a hero's return in Co. Down where his US Open dream began.
And after his electrifying victory at Congressional on Sunday, world golf's newest superstar now can save the ailing Irish Open.
McIlroy's record-shattering win has been feted all around the world, with tennis ace Rafael Nadal - one of McIlroy's sporting idols - among the first to text his congratulations.
Yet it's at home in Ireland where the impact of McIlroy's victory will have its most telling effect in drawing huge crowds to Killarney for the Irish Open on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Left in the lurch when '3' decided not to take up the option of a third year sponsoring the event, the European Tour and Failte Ireland decided to place their faith in the Irish public and press on without a title sponsor this year.
Now that faith has been justified.