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Rory McIlroy hopes to live up to his home gallery's hopes at Irish Open: #pga #golf

Rory McIlroy hopes to live up to his home gallery's hopes at Irish Open: #pga #golf

MAYNOOTH, Ireland -- Rory McIlroy made his Irish Open debut eight years ago at 16. Expectations on him by home fans have only multiplied since then, and he's still struggling to handle them. McIlroy will start his sixth Irish Open as a pro on Thursday, with a best result of seventh in 2008. Last year, he tied for 10th. Beside the high public hopes for him and fellow Northern Irishmen Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell along with Ireland's Padraig Harrington, second-ranked McIlroy was also feeling under some pressure to capture his first title of the year. "I've felt suffocated in a couple of Irish Opens, what with the burdens and the expectations to do well," he said at the Carton House course. "Of course, it's much better having the fans rooting for you and wanting you to do well than people rooting against you, so it's a great privilege to have," he added. "But expectatio...

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