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SportBritish Open 2019: Why does Rory McIlroy have a washing machine logo on his shirt? The answer recalls an adorable video

23:05  16 july  2019
23:05  16 july  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

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British Open 2019: Why does Rory McIlroy have a washing machine logo on his shirt? The answer recalls an adorable video© Niall Carson - PA Images Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 1st green during preview day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) NBC has given Yanni's iconic "In Celebration of Man" an Irish flair for this week's British Open, but the tournament's true theme song is Diddy's "I'm Coming Home." In case you haven't heard, the Open is in Northern Ireland and that's where Rory McIlroy is from.

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All kidding aside, it's a cool subplot to one of the biggest weeks on the golfing calendar. McIlroy grew up about an hour away from Royal Portrush and even—stop me if you've heard this before—set the famed link's course record with a 61 as a 16-year-old. Now 29, he returns as a four-time major champ and the odds-on favorite to hoist the claret jug on Sunday.

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And by the looks of the shirt Rory wore on Tuesday, he's embracing the moment.

What's that logo on his Nike polo? Is that. . .

British Open 2019: Why does Rory McIlroy have a washing machine logo on his shirt? The answer recalls an adorable video© PAUL ELLIS Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (L) and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello walk down the fairway from the first hole during a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A washing machine?

British Open 2019: Why does Rory McIlroy have a washing machine logo on his shirt? The answer recalls an adorable video© Golf Digest

You bet it is.

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No, Rory doesn't have a new nickname, although, Washing Machine McIlroy has a nice ring to it. Rather, the home appliance is a nod to his upbringing. You see, McIlroy used to work on his short game as a young lad by chipping golf balls into his parents' washing machine in Northern Ireland. And he once went on TV and did the same thing as a young prodigy:

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Totes adorbs, right?

In 2011, the European Tour produced a video in which Rory took on a robot and hit full shots into a washing machine. And now, with this shirt things have come, um, full circle.

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Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, shake hands and come out fighting.
Two of the best players in the world, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, are in the final pairing in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational . (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images) MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Big Game Brooks vs. Rory the Resilient. Sunday’s final round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational isn’t to decide a major championship. But it is a major opportunity — especially for the 30-year-old Northern Irishman. “It is exciting,” said McIlroy, who leads Koepka by a stroke through 54 holes at TPC Southwind after a sizzling eight-under 62 on Saturday.

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