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Rory McIlroy gifted ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney’s baby with mini Nike boots

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Holly Sweeney arrive for the European Tour Players Awards Dinner at the Heathrow Sofitel Hotel on May 24, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Holly Sweeney arrive for the European Tour Players Awards Dinner at the Heathrow Sofitel Hotel on May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Proud parents Holly Sweeney and boyfriend Jeff Mason

Proud parents Holly Sweeney and boyfriend Jeff Mason

Holly Sweeney poses at her baby shower

Holly Sweeney poses at her baby shower

Rory at the welcome dinner in Cardiff for the 2010 Ryder Cup with his former girlfriend Holly Sweeney

Rory at the welcome dinner in Cardiff for the 2010 Ryder Cup with his former girlfriend Holly Sweeney

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Old flames die hard.

Golf pro Rory McIlroy and his ex Holly Sweeney prove just that.

McIroy reached out to his former childhood sweetheart and her newborn baby Max by gifting him with his first pair of football boots.

Today, McIlroy (25) confirmed that he visited his former flame and her partner Jeff, a Belfast ice hockey player, at their home in Holywood, Co Down.

McIroy met his “little buddy” and gave him his first pair of Nikes.

The Northern Irish golfer took to Twitter to share an adorable picture with his two million followers of Max’s little feet clad in his new boots.

Mason replied that Max had been “rocking them all day #TeamNike”.

Last month, at less than a month old, baby Max hit the headlines when pictures of him in his Team Europe golf kit did the rounds on social media and news outlets.

There are many women rumoured to play an important role in McIlroy’s life, but he has proved that you never forget your first love.

Rory and Holly began dating at age 14, but split after six years together.

Holly, a University of Ulster graduate, and her partner Jeff Mason welcomed their first born child Max last month.

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