21-year-old Rory McIlroy torched the Quail Hollow Championship field yesterday to win the PGA Tour stop with a final round 62. Like 18-year-old Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa, who shot 58 Sunday to win a Japan Tour event, McIlroy has heard the Tiger Woods comparisons over the years.
(Make that Rory’s formerly “quite shy” girlfriend Holly Sweeney)
Thankfully though for McIlroy, if pictures and video of his longtime girlfriend Holly Sweeney are any indication, it appears the Irish golfer is a wee more socially developed than ‘Urkel’ Woods was at 21.
So what’s the intel on Rory + Holly at the moment?
(Photo credits: Ryan Ballengee, WaggleRoom.com)
McIlroy said last month that he had no plans to get married to Sweeney anytime soon. The two have been dating since Sweeney, now 19, was 16.
Speaking of his personal life, the rising star said his mind is focused only on birdies on the green, and he has no interest in settling down just yet with girlfriend Holly Sweeney.
The long-term couple were seen out in Belfast on Friday night celebrating the Fate Awards with a host of well-known faces at Europa Hotel. Both former pupils of Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, the pair met at Holywood Golf Club in August 2005.
“I’m in no rush to settle down and get married,” he said, despite his long-term relationship.
“Golf is the main thing in my life at the minute. I have worked so hard to get where I am, I have to give it everything for the next few years. Success on the course hasn’t changed me, I’m still the same guy with the same friends from back home.”
In 2007, McIlroy described Sweeney’s personality:
“Holly is quite shy,” admitted Rory.
“This is the first time she has been in the media spotlight and she has handled herself really well, but I think she doesn’t want to turn into a typical girlfriend of a sports person, so she likes to take a back seat.”
Appears, at least from the photos above, that Sweeney has developed quite rapidly into what one might characterize as a WAG-in-waiting. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Thanks to the Brit tabloids, we’ll soon know if she ends up on that b-list bandwagon.
If that happens, can hardly wait for McIlroy’s reaction.