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Fame forces Rory to install security guards at his home

RORY McIlroy has had security guards at his home every night since he won the US Open, he has revealed.

The 22-year-old golfer ramped up the security at his house in Northern Ireland to deal with incidences such as strangers parking in his driveway.

And while his dream has always been to win Majors, he admitted the intrusion his new-found status has brought is "tough".

His love life also hit the head-lines after he split with childhood sweetheart Holly Sweeney and began dating world No 1 tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

"When you grow up and dream of winning Majors, all you think about is the golf and playing in front of big crowds on unbelievable courses and winning trophies," Rory said.



Backwards

"But people driving on your driveway and other stuff like that? You never think about that other side of it and that is the bit that takes a bit of getting used to.

"I didn't expect that and it isn't very nice. I've had security guards at my house every night since I won the US Open. It is something I had to put in place, I'm afraid.

"It's tough but it is just the world we live in, unfortunately."

So much has changed since the boy from Holywood, Co Down, conquered the world of golf at Congressional Country Club in June.

"Yes there are times when you're sitting in a restaurant and thinking it would be nice to go back to the days when people didn't want to have their photograph taken with you, but that's fine," he said.

"If they weren't interested, it would mean I was going backwards and that really would be the time to worry," added Rory, who confirmed he will rejoin the US Tour in 2012.

Rory, who is planning to buy a place of his own in West Palm Beach, Florida, has insisted he will continue to tweet and express his views openly, even after getting into an unseemly row with TV commentator Jay Townsend.

Townsend had criticised the golfer's performance during the Irish Open at Killarney last month.

McIlroy replied in kind through Twitter, saying: "Shut up. You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!"

He said he will "think about things a little more differently next time... but it won't stop me tweeting or speaking my mind".

He was speaking as he prepares this week for the year's final Major - the US PGA Championship.

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