Rory McIlroy claimed the Irish Open championship on Sunday despite a hailstorm stalling the tournament for a few hours. McIlroy clinched the win with an incredible 253-yard approach shot to set up the tournament-clinching eagle on the par-5 18th hold.
His three-stroke victory over Bradley Dredge and Russell Knox was McIlroy’s first on the European Tour since November of last year. He had a great final round, but it was what happened after the match that is so memorable.
He spoke with reporters and said that he would be donating his entire €666,660 prize, which translates to about $750,000, to charity.
“It means an awful lot. This tournament now to me is one of the most important of my year. Not just because it is the Irish Open and it’s home but because of what we’re doing charitable-wise as well. The kids we’ve helped out this week. The money we’ve raised will go a long way to making their lives a little bit better.”
Rory McIlroy was pretty emotional after the win as he got choked when talking about what he would do with the money.
This was certainly a special day for McIlroy and his foundation as he takes home the trophy.
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