McIlroy hoping for victory tears at Royal Portrush
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."
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