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Golfer Rory McIlroy was booed during his victory speech at the 2014 Open Championship, however the sportsman dedicated his win to his mother which was met with greater approval.
The young golfer from Northern Ireland managed to win the Open Championship by two shots and thanked his mother for he support in his speech as he took the trophy.
Rory McIlroy said: “This is the first major I have won when my mum is here. So mum; this one is for you. It was just great to see her on the back of the 18th there and how much it meant to her. I was trying not to cry at the time because she was bawling her eyes out.
“The Open is the one we all want and the one we strive for. To be holding the Claret Jug is an incredible feeling.”
At 25 years old Rory McIlroy becomes won of only a few golfers to have won three major titles joining the elite ranks of golfers such as Tiger Woods and the importance of the win was not lost on the young sportsman.
He said: “Today wasn’t easy. Thee were a few guys making runs at me out there. I knew I had some holes where I could make a birdie and 16 was the real hole for me which I think settled the championship.”
He added: “I want to be the guy that goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly, wins tournaments. I’d love to be in that position. I have had chances before to kick on from there. I did after my second major at Kiawah Island. I kicked on for another six months and played really well.
“I just want to think ahead and go forward and try and win as many tournaments and as many majors as I can because I feel like there’s a lot more left in me.”
The boos that came from the crowd during the speech were not aimed at Rory McIlroy himself and only came when he mentioned that he was a supporter of Manchester United, a fact that did not go down so well at the Royal Liverpool!
Hopefully this victory speech will be one of many for Rory McIlroy in the future because at 25 he is still a very young player in professional golf, a game that can see players continuing into their 50’s, 60’s and even beyond.
Rory McIlroy certainly has some prestigious supporters including Phil Mickelson who said: “This is a pretty impressive thing for him to do, especially given that the one he’s missing is the Masters. And you know, with his length and the way he plays and how well he plays that golf course, that definitely will happen and probably soon.”
A victory speech can be very difficult to give especially if the person giving it wants to come along as a humble winner. Including thanks to family members is always well received but Rory McIlroy will probably avoid mentions of his beloved football team in the future!