Rory McIlroy Sends Claret Jug Out for Cleaning
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.