July 30, 2014 -- Updated 0743 GMT (1543 HKT)
CNN's Shane O'Donoghue hails Holywood's most famous son following an epic Open win.
He has been at his side for all three of Rory McIlroy's major wins, but Sunday's British Open triumph may well have been the sweetest yet for the Northern Irishman's father Gerry.
Rory McIlroy had won two majors before Sunday, but none in front of his dear old mum.
Rory McIlroy emerges triumphant at the end of a testing final round to win the British Open title at Hoylake Sunday to claim the third major title of his career.
Green jacket next?
British Open champion Rory McIlroy tells Shane O'Donoghue he is targeting a career grand slam.