McIlroy relishing Open Championship at 'spectacular' Royal Portrush

Tiger Woods takes 1 a.m. wake-up call to prep for British Open	
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The 15-time major champion is credited with singlehandedly pushing the limits of what is expected of the modern golfer.

McIlroy is one of his country's most famous exports and he recognises that his exploits, alongside those of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and the Republic of Ireland's Padraig Harrington, have played a role in bringing The Open to Portrush for the first time since 1951.

"Wake up!" he says". "Why am I doing this?" "It is now 1 a.m. here on the East Coast". Because it is now 6 a.m.at Royal Portrush. I will be playing the Open Championship there.

"If you want to succeed, if you want to get better, if you want to win, if you want to accomplish your goals, it starts with getting up early".

While most of the USA was sleeping Sunday night, making the most of the end of the long Fourth of July weekend, Tiger Woods was starting his week very early to prepare for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. After the final round of this year's Masters was moved up due to expected weather-Woods that tournament, as you'll most certainly remember-Tiger said he would wake up at 3:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. tee time.

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