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Rory McIlroy delivers early Christmas present to Blackpool golfer

It looks like Christmas has come early this year for one Blackpool golfer after he golf the surprise of his life thanks a very generous offer from Rory McIlroy.

The four-time major winner struck up an impromptu conversation with Barry Edwards, a 40-year-old self-employed builder, and agreed to send him a new Nike driver.

So what happened? Apparently Edwards, who lives on the north side of Blackpool, started a Facebook conversation with the Rory, never thinking the golfer would respond – and definitely not thinking he’d be gifted with a prize club.

McIlroy has a 960,000 followers on social media and occasionally logs on to whittle away the time between traveling, playing and speaking to one press office or another. However, when he logged on this time he spotted a rather cheeky tongue-in-cheek request from Barry, in which he asks the Northern Irishman if he had a spare driver lying around.

Somewhat paraphrased, the conversation between the two went something like this:

Barry: “I still need a new driver. Any chance of one of your old NIKE ones, fella?”

Rory: “Sure. I’ll send you a NIKE covert driver. Served me well. Message me your address and my team will ship it to you.”

Barry: “Seriously? I was joking – lol. But would be very, very grateful. I have had mine about eight years now and it’s getting really tired.”

Rory:“No joke. Message me and I’ll have one shipped. Can’t guarantee 320-yard drives though!”

Barry is, unsurprisingly, very excited about receiving this early Christmas present, and the fact it was such as shock makes it all the sweeter.

* Thanks to Blackpool Gazette for sharing this story.

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