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'He'll stay the same, up for the banter...'

Rory McIlroy's eye- watering wealth will not change him, say friends.

"He has all the money he needs, but it's not the money any more. It's about winning majors and staying the world's No.1," said his uncle Colm.

"He'll just be the same Rory -- up for the craic, a joke and the banter."

Home now is a luxury pad he bought before Christmas at West Palm Beach, Florida which he shares with his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

He had a huge house in the hills above Belfast, complete with practice area, but that is up for sale -- another sign of his plans for a permanent life in the States.

Rory's uncle Colm (49), said his parents "sacrificed everything for their son, who hasn't forgotten where he came from. Or friends and family he grew up with".