Posted July 24, 2014

Rory McIlroy Sends Claret Jug Out for Cleaning

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Rory McIlroy has had the Claret Jug for less than a week - and has already cleaned it once. (Angus Murray/SI)

Rory McIlroy has had the Claret Jug for less than a week – and has already cleaned it once. (Angus Murray/SI)

Rory’s cup runneth over.

Now it needeth a spit-shine and a rest.

Having partied hard with the Claret Jug in the wake of his big win at Royal Liverpool, British Open champion Rory McIlroy showed up empty handed Tuesday at Stormont Castle, the seat of government of Northern Ireland.

“Sorry I don’t have the Claret Jug,” McIlroy told his home country’s First Minister and Deupty First Minister Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, according to the Independent newspaper. “It is not going everywhere with me. It is getting a bit of clean up after last night.”

McIIroy, it seems, had spent the previous evening at Ollie’s nightclub in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, camped out at a table in the VIP section in the company of buddies, beer and Red Bull—and the iconic Open trophy.

His revelries marked a continuation of a celebration that kicked off Sunday evening with friends and family and has hardly subsided since. In that time, the 25-year-old McIlroy said, he and his fellow partiers have filled the Claret Jug with more than memories. Champagne and Jagermeister, for example.

“It’s a funny story,” McIlroy said. “Obviously with all the media engagements you have to do after you win, it seems that my friends and family started without me. I wasn’t the first to drink out of it. We put some good, expensive stuff in it and that’s how it’ll stay from now on.”

In the post-Open whirlwind, McIlroy said, he hasn’t had much time to reflect on his achievement.

“It’s been a crazy week and is only just beginning to sink in,” said McIlroy, who joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win three majors by the age of 25.

The only major missing on his CV is the Masters, which comes with a green jacket and who-knows-what kind of dry cleaning bill.

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cgm7050
cgm7050

Rory, you should have showed up for the Canadian Open[unofficial 5th major]- see Tiger, Mr. Nicklaus

Buck2185
Buck2185

Hory wasn't just celebrating his victory, he was celebrating getting out of the marriage that almost occurred. He had drank the milk, so why by the dairy??

Kenneth Lee
Kenneth Lee

hey, he has a whole year with the Jug. That's plenty of time for a few more parties and he deserves it

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