Professional golfer Rory McIlroy has today revealed that Roy Keane’s refusal to sign an autograph for him made him want to play a bullshit sport.
The Northern Irishman has opened up for the first time about the moment that – as a child – the former Manchester United captain refused to give him an autograph at the Portmarnock Links Hotel in county Dublin.
“I went and asked him for his autograph at the Portmarnock Links Hotel and he said ‘no’. He was my hero, so I was really taken aback and upset by the entire interaction,” said the 28-year-old, adding that the instance was formative in preventing him from wanting to pursue a career in football, something he had previously considered.
“I had always wanted to be a footballer, I loved the game. But watching this man – who played a real sport where you actually move – ignore me and just walk on, it made me determined to never play a proper sport ever in my life. And that’s why I chose golf.”
McIlroy went on to say that he remains extremely happy with his decision to pursue a career in golf, especially due to the abundance of time it affords him to do things that actually matter.