Rory McIlroy performs washing machine putt trick he did 16 years ago

Back in 1999, an eight-year-old Rory McIlroy appeared on the Gerry Kelly show to perform a chipping trick he learning at home as he worked to hone his golf skills. Now, 16 years and multiple trophies later, McIlroy did the same trick again at The Paddy Wallace Fund for Autism Christmas Ball in Titanic Belfast.

McIlroy used to practice his skills by chipping a golf ball into his mum’s washing machine, and repeated the feat again in front of a packed crowd almost 16 years later. And it was Gerry Kelly who again laid down the challenge to McIlroy at the star-studded event last night, which garnered rapturous applause.

"Everything in my life is going great," Rory (26) said, looking fresh despite his recent eye surgery. "I'm happy with how the season ended - and how the year has ended."

McIlroy appeared on the Gerry Kelly after winning the under-10 World Championship in Florida, and you can see both videos below:

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