Rory McIlroy donates entire Irish Open winner’s check to charity

The final three holes of the Irish Open could have provided the biggest swing of this golf summer. Rory McIlroy blitzed the finishing stretch at the K Club, playing the last three in 3-under to turn a one-shot deficit into one of the most meaningful wins of his career.

It’s not a major, but the Irish Open is obviously important to Rory. He’d missed the cut the last two years but that, of course, didn’t sour him on the event. He had said winning it was a childhood dream that would “give him chills,” and this is someone who has done just about everything in the game (except for that green jacket thing).

 So it was not totally shocking to see Rory, who does not show much emotion when things are going well, cover his face and wipe his eyes as he walked up the 18th knowing he’d locked up his home event. It was a win on home soil. It was a win that came at a much-needed time after a frustrating first quarter of a year in which he planned to take back his No. 1 world ranking only to watch Jordan Spieth and Jason Day reaffirm their spots above him. There was plenty of relief and lots of celebration … and also a lot of cash he’d never personally see.

McIlroy confirmed after the win that every dollar he won would be donated to his Rory Foundation, which has become a host and operator of the Irish Open. The foundation is dedicated to helping the lives of sick and disadvantaged kids.

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