Before his first round at the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy made one elderly fan's dream come true.
Noreen was on-site at TPC River Highlands thanks to non-profit organisation 'Wish of a Lifetime', which gives OAPs the chance to do some things that they've always wanted to do.
In her case, it was to meet the four-time major champion. According to McIlroy's Instagram post, Noreen is a huge golf fan and moved from Ireland to the USA in 1968. However, six years ago she suffered a stroke, affecting her ability to play the game.
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting this great lady, Noreen Murnane at the @travelerschamp Noreen moved to the United States from Ireland in 1963 but sadly 6 years ago suffered a stroke. Given Noreen's passion for golf, she contacted @wishofalifetime asking to meet with me. I was honoured to make her wish come true!
McIlroy gave Noreen an autographed Travelers Championship tournament
flag and a picture and an experience she is unlikely to forget.
The former world No.1 then went out and shot a three-under-par 67 in the opening round to sit four shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
Not a bad start, but he was slightly frustrated at not converting more birdie chances with a sub-standard putting performance. “It's nothing to do with the putter - it's mostly what I'm doing with it,” said McIlroy, who switched to the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter at the US Open.
“If I keep working on stuff and working on the right things and believing in it, hopefully it will turn around sooner rather than later.”