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Thursday 8 December 2016

Dublin boy plays young Rory McIlroy in TV advert

Charlie Quinn, who plays a young Rory McIlroy in an upcoming Nike Ad, pictured at Castle Golf Club in Rathfarnham, Dublin
Charlie Quinn, who plays a young Rory McIlroy in an upcoming Nike Ad, pictured at Castle Golf Club in Rathfarnham, Dublin
A screenshot of Charlie Quinn playing a young Rory McIlroy in a Nike ad

IT COULD be from a green in Holywood to the Hollywood Hills for one Dublin schoolboy.

Charlie Quinn (10) will become a familiar face in millions of homes around the world this weekend as he portrays a young Rory McIlroy on a new TV ad.

Nike's new commercial - to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports and The Golf Channel during the Masters - shows the Irish golfer's meteoric rise to fame.

Charlie from Rathmines spent a week filming the advertisement in Northern Ireland in January this year.

In the ad Charlie can be seen as Rory as he practises his swing at his old golf club in Holywood, Co Down, as well as hitting balls into a washing machine - a trick the golfer famously did as a child on TV.

The ad also shows young Rory pinning a scorecard to the wall in his childhood bedroom beside a poster of his golfing hero Tiger Woods.

Charlie had his hair cut and dyed for the role and his mother Roslynn said that despite his brief foray in front of the camera, the youngster is very "modest".

His father Jimmy said his son has always shown natural ability on the course, following in the footsteps of his older brother James.

Both of the brothers have been selected as part of the Golfing Union of Ireland's Leinster Elite Development Panel.

"At the moment, Charlie is going through the same process that Rory would have done with the GUI. They get coaching in the winter months and he was picked for that process.

"His brother James was picked three years ago. They are currently being trained in the Leinster branch by Paul Thompson," he added,

Both brothers will participate in the Venice Open in August.

The Nike ad is called Ripple and aims to tell the story of the ripple effect in golf, showing Rory as a young boy looking up to his hero Tiger and later playing against his boyhood hero in tournaments.

Four Irish boys portray Rory in the advertisement - Charlie, a younger boy from Co Galway, and two boys from Northern Ireland.

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