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Rory McIlroy’s ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney follows him on Twitter

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The real reason for Rory McIlroy’s success lately is not because he’s been practicing more and it’s not because he broke up with Caroline Wozniacki. It’s because Holly Sweeney is back in his life.

Holly is Rory’s childhood sweetheart and girlfriend from his early days on tour. Holly is the one he broke up with to get with Woz.

Since Holly is still a favorite WAG here at LBS (current or former — they all count to us), we still follow her on Twitter. She tweeted Saturday about her baby shower — we told you she was pregnant with her current boyfriend’s baby — and we decided to check what she’s been up to lately.

And guess what? She recently started following Rory again.

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Her Twitter activity log shows she began following him between July 27 and Aug. 4.

Look, Holly has a boyfriend — Belfast Giants hockey player Jeff Mason — and is expecting a child, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have some interest in Rory’s life.

[Also see: Model tries hard to get Rory McIlroy's attention]

Rory, by the way, has been following Holly all along and followed her at the same time he followed Kate Upton. That has to be a sign. And it certainly can’t hurt to have Holly back in his corner.

[Related: Model Nadia Forde talks about relationship with Rory]

Model Ashley Bongiovanni did her best to get Rory McIlroy’s attention at Bridgestone (Video)

A blond model named Ashley Bongiovanni has become somewhat internet famous this week after she was captured by CBS doing her best to attract the attention of Rory McIlroy during the final round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron on Sunday.

McIlroy hit his tee shot on the 15th hole and Bongiovanni was right behind him in the gallery looking pretty and running her hand through her hair in an attempt to get the No. 1-ranked golfer’s attention.

After a few folks on social media took note of the blonde in the crowd, Bongiovanni actively responded to get her name attached to the story. For instance, she replied to this tweet sent by CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter:

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Rory McIlroy explains why he is not chasing Jack Nicklaus

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Rory McIlroy won his third career major when he captured The Open Championship at the end of July. The 25-year-old has won the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and The Open, and he’s looking like the most dominant golfer in the world.

Though Rory is young and poised to be one of the next greats of the game — only he, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods won three majors by 25 — he is not setting a goal for a specific amount of majors he wants to win.

“I’m taking it one (major) at a time. I’ve always been reluctant to put a number on it,” McIlroy said in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Rinaldi asked McIlroy why the Irishman does not have a set amount of majors he wants to win, such as breaking Nicklaus’ record of 18.

“I don’t want to put that pressure on myself. I don’t want to put the burden of trying to achieve something. And I said it at The Open Championship — if I set myself a number and I have one of the best careers ever but I come up a couple short of that number, is that a disappointment? Is that a success? I just don’t see the point of putting a number on it.

“I’m at three, I want to get to four. Hopefully when I get to four I want to get to five. I just want to keep doing it like that.”

Though McIlroy undoubtedly wants to top Nicklaus, it’s probably for the best that he hasn’t set a specific number of majors as his goal. Remember what Charles Barkley said about Tiger Woods? Chuck said Tiger’s sole focus in life was beating Nicklaus’ record. That left him unable to enjoy life, and now look at him since his career went awry.

McIlroy might not top Nicklaus, but we know he’ll be up there when his career is over. And at least he’ll be able to enjoy and appreciate his success as he piles up the honors.

Rory McIlroy’s friend fills Claret Jug with Jagermeister

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Rory McIlroy said after winning the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday that he was going to follow in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson by filling the Claret Jug with some nice wine. Mickelson revelaed last week that he drank a $40,000 bottle of wine out of the trophy when he won the tournament in 2013, so that kind of set the standard. Phil mentioned nothing about Jagermeister.

We’re not sure if Rory followed through with the wine promise or not, but we do know that one of his buddies poured Jagermeister into the Claret Jug at one point while McIlroy’s mom watched. That was either before or after the whole gang posed for a photo.

As Eye on Golf pointed out, McIlroy also celebrated the big victory with fellow major winner Justin Rose.

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Rory McIlroy booed for being Manchester United fan (Video)

Rory McIlroy Claret JugRory McIlroy was mostly cheered throughout his winning week at Hoylake in England, but he was booed during his Claret Jug acceptance speech. And it’s all his fault.

McIlroy reminded the fans that he is a Manchester United supporter, which didn’t go over well with the hometown Liverpool fans. They let Rory hear it with some boos.

McIlroy being a Manchester United fan? That’s like rooting for the Yankees. Maybe it’s not a surprise that Rory is also a Miami Heat fan.

H/T Eye on Golf

Rory McIlroy’s dad Gerry to cash in on old British Open bet

rory-mcilroy-fatherRory McIlroy dominated the 2014 Open Championship from start to finish to capture the first Claret Jug trophy of his career. McIlroy was under par in each of his four rounds, finishing 17-under for the tournament with a final round 71 on Sunday.

McIlroy’s dad Gerry, who placed a bet along with his buddies that Rory will the British Open, will take home $171,000 after Rory’s victory on Sunday. Betting firm Ladbrokes has confirmed that one bet — which is believed to be the one Gerry made — was a 200-pound wager placed in 2004 that Rory would win the British Open within the next 10 years. The bet will pay 500:1.

This was the final year that Rory’s dad would have been able to cash in on the bet, which makes the story even more incredible. Two other bets, which were supposedly placed by Gerry’s friends, will also pay out a hefty sum. One wager was 200 pounds at 250:1 that McIlroy would win the Open by 2015 and another at 150:1 that he would do it before age 50. Those wagers are worth a combined $136,700.

“We take the chance on bets like these,” Ladbrokes’ Rachel Bridge told ESPN. “We can make a lot money, but it’s a big risk if one comes through. Unfortunately, on this one, we have egg on our face. Rory’s father and his friends are having champagne on us tonight.”

The victory leaves McIlroy one win away from completing the career grand slam. He won the PGA Championship in 2012 and US Open in 2011. McIlroy now has three major championships under his belt before his 26th birthday.

McIlroy was only the seventh player in the 143-year history of the Open Championship to lead the tournament from the opening round through the finish. No other player even tied him at any point after the first round was in the books.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman has come out firing at a number of tournaments this year only to implode in the second round. That was not the case at Royal Liverpool as he matched his first round score with a 66 in Round 2 on Friday.

And for those of you who are interested, here is the lucky lady that might be dating Rory.

Rory McIlroy girlfriend Nadia Forde survived terrifying car crash

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Irish singer and model Nadia Forde walked away from a very frightening car crash earlier this week. According to The Mirror, Forde’s car flipped over six times on the freeway. She is very lucky to have avoided any type of serious injury.

Forde, who is rumored to be dating Rory McIlroy, was reportedly driving her Fiat sports car from London to Manchester last Sunday afternoon when she lost control of the vehicle and ended up flipping six times. The 25-year-old suffered only a minor bruise on her head and was released from the hospital after some precautionary tests.

“Hiiiiii just want to say Thanks a mill for all the lovely messages/txts/calls I’ve been getting!” Forde wrote on Instagram. “Feeling very loved and very very lucky! I’m fine..nothing a few hugs and hot chocolates won’t fix…lots of love.”

McIlroy was asked about the crash as he prepared for the British Open.

“Yeah, obviously if anyone’s in a car crash, you’re glad to see that they’re okay,” he said. “But yeah, obviously it was a pretty scary incident.”

[Related: Caroline Wozniacki takes shot at Rory McIlroy on Instagram]

McIlroy, who broke up with his ex-fiancee Caroline Wozniacki just days after their wedding invitations went out, has been spotted with Forde in recent weeks. The two insist they are just friends, but most people aren’t buying it. We’re glad Nadia escaped the wreck unscathed.

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