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The Hoylake crowd weren't impressed when McIlroy mentioned his United allegiances

The golfer also described his “incredible” win.

THE JUBILATION FOLLOWING Rory McIlroy’s Open Championship win was briefly quelled after the star told the crowd in Hoylake on Merseyside that he was a Manchester United fan.

The reference was quickly greeted with mass boos before the golfer said he still appreciated the support regardless.

Meanwhile, McIlroy savoured his success, as he became just the third golfer to win three Majors by the age of 25.

“It feels incredible. Today wasn’t easy, a few guys were making runs at me, I needed to stay focused and concentrate,” McIlroy said.

“To win three legs of the four majors at 25 is a pretty good achievement, it is not going to sink in for a while.

“The lead never got less than two, I always felt I had that little cushion. Coming into the back nine I know I had holes where I could make birdie. Sixteen was the hole that settled the championship I think.”

Additional reporting by AFP

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