Rory McIlroy was so good they changed the rules for him

Eddie Harper of Holywood Golf Club

Eddie Harper of Holywood Golf Club

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Recalling the moment Rory McIlroy’s Open victory at Hoylake looked secure, Holywood Golf Club stalwart Eddie Harper said: “It wasn’t very sporting I know, but there was a great sigh of relief when Sergio left the ball in the bunker on the 15th.”

The club’s juvenile convenor helped get the membership rules changed to allow McIlroy unrestricted access to the course as a seven-year-old prodigy.

“I remember Rory as a two-year-old hitting plastic balls up and down the [clubhouse] lounge. I also remember that when he was between two and seven his dad took him out with a little bag of cut down clubs,” he said.


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