Wednesday 29 March 2017

Charities benefit from Rory's glory charge

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

McIlroy admitted he shed tears as he cinched victory. Photo: Sportsfile
McIlroy admitted he shed tears as he cinched victory. Photo: Sportsfile

Rory McIlroy's emotion-charged victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will not earn him a single euro.

McIlroy admitted he shed tears as he stood on the 18th fairway of the Palmer Ryder Cup course at The K Club knowing his super five-wood to set up an eagle three at the last had clinched victory.

The glory of joining Christy O'Connor Jnr (1975), John O'Leary (1982), Pádraig Harrington (2007), and Shane Lowry (2009) as Irish Open winners is the only reward he wanted from the Open.

McIlroy pledged his €666,660 first prize money to his charity, The Rory Foundation, which will also receive a percentage of the ticket sales from the tournament.

"We've broken the million euro mark this week, which is absolutely incredible," he said.

"I don't usually get emotional about golf or about wins, but this one, it means just a little bit more, because it's not just for myself, it's for a lot of other people.

"Yeah, it's a day I'll not forget for a while."

Irish Independent

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