London, June 26: Golf prodigy Rory McIlroy has confessed that his long-time girlfriend Holly Sweeney keeps him grounded and not get swept away with the pressures of global stardom.
The 22-year-old British sensation is already set to become one of the world’s richest and most famous sportsmen after winning the US Open, becoming the youngest champ since 1923.
At such a junction in life, his 20-year-old sweetheart protects help from making mistakes like former golfing hero Tiger Woods did, which ruined his career.
“Holly and I have been together since I had just turned 16 and she was 14,” The Mirror quoted him as saying.
“She knows me better than basically anyone else in this world does, apart from my parents. And to have someone like that with you is very grounding,” he added.
Ulsterman Rory also said: “She’s obviously my girlfriend but she’s also become my best friend over the past few years. I can say things to her that I wouldn’t be able to say to anyone else.” (ANI)