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McIlroy hoping for victory tears at Royal Portrush

16th July 2019, 14:52 by Craig Smithson

Rory McIlroy claims an Open Championship win on home soil at Royal Portrush this week could make him "burst out crying".

The 30-year-old Northern Irishman and four-time major winner is targeting a second Claret Jug at a venue where he holds the course record after he hit a round of 61 as a 16-year-old.

McIlroy's first Open win was at Royal Liverpool in 2014 but the former world number one knows that to come out on top at Royal Portrush would mean a lot more to him given the tournament is back in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

He said: "Being from here and with my memories of the course it would probably mean a little bit more.

"I want to enjoy it and give these crowds something to cheer for."

He added: "One of my goals coming here is to enjoy the moment - to enjoy being in the spotlight and the centre of attention.

"Now that I'm here and see everything come to fruition it's hard not to think of having a putt to win the Open.

"I don't get that emotional in golf. I can separate the emotion from it and the logic, but if it were happen it would take a lot for me to not to burst out crying."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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