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I didn't see Rory become No1...I was glued to soaps - ex Holly

HOLLY Sweeney says she missed Rory McIlroy's historic climb to world number one because she was watching soaps.

Rory's ex-girlfriend told the Herald that she didn't tune in to see her former flame claim his latest title on the golf course.

"I didn't watch it, I was too busy watching all my soap operas on telly to be honest, but everyone was telling me and talking about it online," she said.

The model, who travels down to Dublin once a week for meetings, added that although she and Co Down native Rory split up, they still keep in touch.

"You're never going to be best mates with your ex, but we send each other the odd text now and then ... He obviously hasn't been home in ages, but I saw him in November when he was back."

After 22-year-old Rory's win on Sunday in the Honda Classic in Florida, Holly, who is currently single, took to her social networking site to congratulate the prodigy. Following the win, she tweeted: "Well done Rory -- the hard work paid off."


The Holywood native's girlfriend Caroline Wozniaki (21), who he has been with since last July, also commended Rory's efforts online.

"Amazing performance by Rory. Tournament win and new world number one -- Deserves a good celebration."

Rory and Caroline delighted fans on Monday night in New York, when the golfer jetted in and was invited onto the tennis court during Danish beauty Caroline's exhibition match against Maria Sharapova. Although he didn't demonstrate the most attractive tennis swing, Rory managed to win the point against the former Wimbledon champion.

Meanwhile, former cheerleader Holly is hoping to kick-start her career on TV, after taking a year out from university to pursue her presenting dreams.

The Celebrity Come Dine With Me star who dated Rory for six years, said that hosting dinner at her home with a group of strangers for TV3's programme was a bizarre experience: "It was a great opportunity, but it was weird to have four complete strangers over."

The beauty has screen-tested for a number of production companies in recent months and may appear on BBC screens next year as the face of a brand new documentary. "It's still up in the air, I was approached last summer about it. It would be really fun -- we'll see what happens. I'm not taking things too seriously, just enjoying myself."