Will Rory McIlroy return?

2014-07-27 15:00

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Nedbank Golf Challenge organisers are working feverishly to lure Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy to this year’s field at Sun City in December.

The decision follows a breathtaking display that saw him dominate the British Open Championship, winning by two shots in the final round at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England, last Sunday.

The last time the 25-year-old came to South Africa was in 2009, when he played only two rounds in the Challenge before stomach cramps from a viral infection forced him to pull out.

So serious is the mission to get the player here, Sun International’s Alastair Roper says they will visit the US sanctioning body, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, next week to convince the authorities to allow him to visit.

“Thereafter, we’ll speak to Rory’s management team, which includes his dad Gerry, to consider our request. The boy is simply great at the moment. Getting him to our tournament will be prestigious,” said Roper.

“We are extremely optimistic about getting his signature because the event is just around the corner.”

McIlroy senior has been nurturing his son’s golf talent and career since the player was a young boy.

The interest in having McIlroy swing his clubs at Mzansi’s premier golf event can be attributed to the

his great run of form.

Having hoisted the Claret Jug on Sunday, McIlroy is well on course to join illustrious company.

Tiger Woods (38) became the youngest player to win three majors at the age of 25.

McIlroy also captured the US Open and PGA Championship in 2011. He is left with only the US Masters to complete the grand slam.

Woods won the US Open, British Open and PGA Championship in 2000. He has already completed a grand slam.

Jack Nicklaus (74) made it three at 26 – attaining the record of being the youngest victor in 1966.

His career includes an enviable record of 18 majors compared with Woods’ 14. Nicklaus triumphed at the Masters (in 1965 and 1966) and the British Open (1966).

McIlroy’s break-up with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki after three years seems to have spurred him on to a winning streak.

She also seems to have benefited. The same day, former world No 1 Wozniacki made light work of Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 to take the Istanbul Cup, her first tour win since October.

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