He woke up at seven, went for a leisurely walk before breakfast and arrived at the course as Rory McIlroy was walking to the tee. He dropped his bag in the media centre, grabbed a take-away cuppa and stood for an hour on the practice range, watching the leaders prepare and studying their swings. Old memories returned, and nourished his opinions in the five-hour broadcast that afternoon for RTE. “What’s it like going into the final round of the Irish Open tied for the lead?” He knew. “What stopped Erik Van Rooyen from getting across the line?” He knew. “How did Russell Knox prevail at the end?” He knew. John McHenry knew. He was in the studio, reviewing the winning plays, when Keith Pelley, the CEO of the European Tour, was introduced to the crowd at the presentation ceremony. No one does céad míle fáilte quite like Donegal and the warmth extended to the CEO almost made him blush: “He’s a Canadian but we’ve adopted him; he’s a great friend of Ireland; put your hands together ladies and gentlemen for Keith Pelley!” McHenry did not hear the tribute, and would not have given it a thought if he hadn’t met… Read full this story
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