Rory McIlroy reveals Roy Keane’s boyhood snub sparked a lifelong dislike of Man United legend

RORY McILROY  revealed how a boyhood snub by Roy Keane sparked a lifelong dislike for the Manchester United legend.

And it left such a deep impression on golf’s world No 6 he vowed by no means to deal with kids the identical approach if he turned well-known.

 Rory McIlroy signs an autograph for a keen fan... unlike Roy Keane back in the day

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Rory McIlroy indicators an autograph for a eager fan… in contrast to Roy Keane again within the day

McIlroy, 28, an ardent United fan, approached the previous Previous Trafford skipper on the Portmanock Hyperlinks Lodge close to Dublin when he was on worldwide obligation with Eire.

However he was turned down flat.

He stated: “Keane must be one of my heroes, as a United participant, however I’ve by no means favored him since.

“It type of caught with me, I assume. In order that’s why if a child asks me for an autograph, I all the time attempt to do it.”

 Keano proves that snubbing might young Rory might have been a blip. He is seen here visiting sick children in hospital

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Keano proves that snubbing may younger Rory may need been a blip. He’s seen right here visiting sick youngsters in hospital
 And Keane is often to be found helping good causes. Here he is involved with the 2017 European Amputee Football Championship

And Keane is usually to be discovered serving to good causes. Right here he’s concerned with the 2017 European Amputee Football Championship

Two years in the past McIlroy got here up with a novel method for ending the feud between Keano and former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

He admitted: “I’d pay a lot to see them get into a ring, and watch Sir Alex knock him out — and shut him up for good.”

That episode has left a deep mark with the 4-time Main winner.

However he was nonetheless stunned when his gesture in handing his ball to a teenager throughout final week’s British Masters prompted a stir on social media.

McIlroy, 28, added: “I keep in mind going and watching the World Match Play at Wentworth each October, and getting golf balls from Mark O’Meara or Sam Torrance.

“And I keep in mind how good I felt. However I’ve had it go the opposite means, the place I requested somebody for an autograph as a child they usually didn’t give it to me.

“And I’ve by no means appreciated him since.”

Requested who had snubbed him, the 4-time Main champion was completely happy to call and disgrace the offender.

 McIlroy says his early interlude with Keane means he is always ready to sign an autograph

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McIlroy says his early interlude with Keane means he’s all the time able to signal an autograph
 McIlroy is teeing it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week

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McIlroy is teeing it up on the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship this week
 McIlroy takes a break as he waits to play the 17th hole at St. Andrews

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McIlroy takes a break as he waits to play the seventeenth gap at St. Andrews

He stated: “It was Roy Keane, who must be one of my heroes as a  United participant.

“I went and requested for his autograph on the Portmarnock Hyperlinks Lodge when he was with the Eire squad, and he stated no.

"It simply type of caught with me I assume.

"In order that’s why, if a child asks me for an autograph, I all the time attempt to do it.”

 The Irishman shares a joke with former One Direction band member Niall Horan

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The Irishman shares a joke with former One Path band member Niall Horan

When he was requested if he would signal an autograph for Keane now, if the roles have been reversed, McIlroy grinned: “Provided that he provides me his!”

The ex-world No 1 will deliver down the curtain on his  season on the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship in  Scotland, beginning on Thursday.

The summer time switch window was one the craziest we’ve ever seen.

He hopes to go one higher than final week at Shut Home, when he completed runner-as much as Paul Dunne.

However he faces robust competitors, not least from present European cash-listing chief Tommy Fleetwood.

He missed the British Masters to be current for his son’s delivery.

RORY McILROY  revealed how a boyhood snub by Roy Keane sparked a lifelong dislike for the Manchester United legend.

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