NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE power of the person operating a stadium PA system.
Rory McIlroy was at the Kingspan Stadium (Ravenhill, to you and me) for this evening’s Pro12 clash between Ulster and Connacht.
The four-time Major champion was given a warm ovation as he presented the Claret Jug to the crowd at half-time but then found himself as the butt of a perfectly-timed joke.
As he gave an interview to BBC, McIlroy realised that Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline” was playing over the tannoy — a not-too-subtle reference to McIlroy’s former fiancée Caroline Wozniacki.
The crowd joined in and, to McIlroy’s credit, he took it with a smile and a playful shake of the head.
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Even when you’re quite literally on top of the world, you can always trust the people back home to take you down a peg or two. They couldn’t have you getting notions.
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