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Wednesday 15 August 2018

No VIP lifestyle for McIlroy

CHAMPION: Rory celebrates with a Chinese take-away

HE is the multi-million euro man -- but Rory McIlroy isn't embracing the rock star lifestyle.

In fact, the 22-year old shunned a lavish celebratory bash to mark his US Open win, and instead opted for doing his laundry and having Chinese food with his family.

The world number four, whose international profile has skyrocketed since his record breaking win earlier this week, might be set to make millions, but he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.



LAUNDRY

The golfer jetted back to the plush home at Holywood, Co Down, that he shares with his childhood sweetheart Holly Sweeney (20), and the high profile couple are determined to avoid the stereotypical VIP lifestyle.

Rory admitted yesterday that his girlfriend greeted him in the most modest fashion -- by talking about what laundry to do.

"She said, 'We'll empty your suitcase at the washing machine'," he joked.

And while he was given a hero's welcome at Holywood Golf Club, with thousands of fans stepping out to show their support, he admitted that he was too exhausted from his whirlwind tour to celebrate fully.

Holly joined her other half for his welcome home bash in the golf club and was visibly ecstatic as her boyfriend was the centre of attention.

Instead of attending any VIP bashes, the talented athlete opted for a Chinese dinner with his parents Rosie and Gerry and long term girlfriend Holly at their home.

"I was so tired, I just wanted a have a night in my own bed," modest Rory said.

But Rory, who is being styled as the 'next Tiger Woods' on the green, said that he was shocked at the thought of how much his life will change after winning his first major tournament.

"I didn't know this win would cause quite as much of a stir as it has," he said.

"There will be a lot more attention on me than there was previously.

"I just have to make sure I stay the same as I have done since I turned pro and even before that.

"It's going to be tough. Demands on my time are very high, but I'm going to try my best to be the same Rory that turned pro in '07 when starting out my career."

In a true sign that he has no intention of seeking the limelight, Rory even turned down the opportunity to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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