Red-faced British minister forced into apology over McIlroy win
Published 20/06/2011 | 15:42
Red-faced British culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was forced into an embarrassing admission today - after congratulating Rory McIlroy on winning the wrong golf tournament.
The minister, who concedes sport was the area of his brief he knew least about on taking office, wrote about the golfer’s "amazing" victory on Twitter.
But unfortunately he mixed up the weekend's US Open with the US Masters - the competition in which Mr McElroy spectacularly blew a winning chance earlier in the year.
"Great TV pics of golf clubs in N Ireland up all night celebrating Rory McIlroy's amazing win, youngest 2 win US Masters since 1923," he posted on the micro-blogging site this morning.
After being alerted to his slip by a wave of mainly less-than-complimentary messages from other users, Mr Hunt, who writes his own entries, sent out a new message.
"Oops meant Open not Masters! Thanks to all who kindly pointed out my mistake!", he said.
Despite his lack of sporting expertise, Mr Hunt said recently that he had been "blown away" by sport's ability to inspire young people and signed up for referee training from the Football Association in a bid to help him better understand football.
The Tory MP's self-confessed "biggest gaffe" came when he suggested hooliganism was behind the Hillsborough Stadium disaster that saw 96 people killed in a crush at an FA Cup match in 1989.
He publicly apologised to fans and those affected by the disaster.