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Rory McIlroy swings by White House for dinner with Obama and Cameron

Northern Ireland golfer joins stars of The Wire and Downton Abbey at event for visiting British PM.

Rory McIlroy and Conor Ridge of Dublin-based sports management company Horizon arrive at the White House for the state dinner last night. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

RORY MCILROY REVEALED this week that the last time he was in Washington, he drank champagne from the US Open trophy.

He returned yesterday, suited and booted, for a black-tie dinner at the White House with the US president, Barack Obama and visiting British prime minster, David Cameron.

The recently-crowned world No 1 golfer was invited to Pennsylvania Avenue for the event to honour Cameron and wife Samanta.  The Holywood native is currently taking a few weeks off in the run-up to the first Major of the year, the Masters at Augusta next month.

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose for an official photo with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

British actor Damian Lewis, star of Homeland, was also on the guest list along with the likes of Idris ‘Stringer Bell’ Elba, Richard Branson and George Clooney while British folk rock outfit Mumford and Sons, as well as America RR&B star John Legend, provided the musical entertainment.

The White House revealed earlier in the day that Obama and his guests were to dine on a menu inspired by produce harvested by the kitchen garden.

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