Rory McIlroy once claimed he would "drink everything" from the Claret Jug after winning The Open as he chugged Jagermeister out of the famous trophy.
McIlroy attended the glamorous Champions’ Dinner on Tuesday night ahead of The Open, which begins on Thursday. He joined legends such as Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in taking part in the festivities ahead of the 150th edition of the tournament, held at St Andrews.
The Northern Irishman won the revered major in 2014 as he finished 17-under-par, two strokes clear of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. McIlroy also became the sixth champion to win the championship wire-to-wire – being the sole leader after each round – through 72 holes.
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It was McIlroy’s third major title having won the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012. He also became the first European player to win three different majors and joined Woods and Nicklaus as the only three since 1934 to win three majors by the age of 25.
When McIlroy won The Open, his youthful exuberance perhaps shone through a little too much. He claimed he could drink "everything or anything" out of the trophy, before going on to drink Jagermeister out of the Claret Jug.
“There could be everything or anything in this thing,” McIlroy said when asked what he was going to do with the trophy. “I’m not too sure. I've got a few friends with me that could fill it with a few things.
“Seeing it's the Claret Jug, I think it's only right to fill it with red wine first, and good red wine as Phil said. We'll try to find a good bottle of that tonight somewhere.”
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It was not the first time McIlroy has been a public advocate of Jagermeister, as he took to social media in 2010 to shed light on the festivities following Team Europe’s dramatic Ryder Cup win over the United States. He tweeted: “What a week!! Think I'm still drunk!
“Jaegerbombs out of the Ryder cup! Great banter with euros and Americans last night!”
The champions dinner on the Tuesday ahead of The Open is tradition, but this year’s event saw an unprecedented move as LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman was not invited to the celebration by The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The R&A snubbed the former World No.1 due to his involvement in the rise of the controversial Saudi-backed tour.
The organisers reportedly had concerns that the Australian’s presence as the face of the lucrative tour – which is spending obscene amounts of money to lure top golfers away from both the PGA and DP World Tours – would mar the event. They opted to avoid such publicity by controversially declining to invite Norman, while Phil Mickelson was also not in attendance.
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