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Weeks: Whirlwind night awaits McIlroy as PGA Champion

Bob Weeks, TSN.ca
8/13/2012 1:35:28 AM
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Have you ever wondered what happens to a major champion after he gets the trophy? Most people probably think he gets the hardware and then heads to the clubhouse or back to his hotel for a celebration.

Not quite.

Here's what happened to Rory McIlroy after he sunk the final putt that gave him his second major championship.

After signing his scorecard, McIlroy came back out to the photo session. It's a madhouse with TV cameras and still cameras all vying for a look. For this particular championship, McIlory was invited to walk a few hundred yards and pose on the beach with the Wannamaker Trophy. Once again, photographer chaos ensued.

After a while, the trophy became so heavy, he had to squat down, resting it on his leg. He managed to stand up once more for a few more shots and then back to the original presentation spot for more photos.

There were photos with PGA folks and sponsor folks and other folks... I'm not sure who they were.

Then Rory got to go into the clubhouse and have a celebratory slurp of champagne with the members of the Ocean Club. There were small speeches and more toasts and lots of people looking for autographs.

Then the champion was shuffled off to the media centre to face the press for about half an hour being grilled on every aspect of his magnificent round.

After that, he was shuttled back to the clubhouse where he does a series of one-on-one interviews with rights holders, TSN being one of them. Essentially this is a series of Q+As where McIlroy is answering the same six or seven questions from eight different interviewers.

We were number four on this docket and just before we were slated to start, some food arrived. By now it was nine o'clock and everyone was hungry so Rory slammed down some chicken and broccoli. There was more champagne there too, but I didn't see him drink any.

And then, just before we were about to start, he got a call from "Woz", as he called her. That would be Caroline Wozniaki, tennis star and McIlroy's girlfriend.

So everyone was shuttled out of the room while the champ talked to his lady, which only seemed right. The poor guy should be celebrating with his woman . . . he just won a major!

When the call ended, we sat down and Rory was charming in answering the questions. We did the same thing after he won his first major and he was gracious then too. As the interview went on (it wasn't long, only about five minutes) , it was easy to see, that the kid was whacked. It was a long day with 27 holes of golf and then all the responsibilities of a champion.

After finishing up his duties, McIlroy and his team left the Ocean Course in a herd of SUVs, heading back to the house he'd rented and finally, you'd presume, a celebration. But it wouldn't surprise me if he just collapsed.




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