Saturday 20 December 2014

Rory McIlroy touches down in Ireland in private jet after Open success

Published 21/07/2014 | 16:58

OPEN champion Rory McIlroy touched down in Ireland this afternoon fresh from his success at the open.

The jet landed at Belfast Airport shortly after 4pm today.

He exited  the jet a short time later with the trophy in hand.

Yesterday in Liverpool he secured his third major title and the third leg of a potential career grand slam.

CREDIT: Belfast City Airport ?@BELFASTCITY_AIR

Welcome Home & Congratulations to 2014 Open Champion
Rory exits the jet with his trophy. Credit: Belfast City Airport

He became just the third man in the modern era after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25.

The first prize of £975,000 was not the only windfall for the McIlroy family - his father Gerry and three friends each won £50,000 after putting £100 on the then 15-year-old Rory at 500-1 a decade ago to lift the Claret Jug before his 26th birthday.

Rory McIlroy poses with an airport worker with his trophy. Photo: Belfast City Airport
Rory McIlroy poses with an airport worker with his trophy. Photo: Belfast City Airport

He has also returned to second in the world rankings.

Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only men to have won all four majors.

He famously led by four shots after 54 holes at Augusta in 2011 only to collapse to a closing 80.

"It feels incredible," McIlroy said. "The Open is the one that we all want and strive for and to be able to hold this Claret Jug is an incredible feeling. Today wasn't easy. There were a lot of guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused, keep in the present and concentrate on what I was doing out there.

"To be three legs towards the career grand slam at the age of 25 is a pretty good achievement. It's not going to sink in for a while."

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