Rory McIlroy Jokes He Would Be 'A Virgin' If Not for Golf

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterSeptember 26, 2014

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Rory McIlroy of Europe smiles after a putt during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Things could've turned out a lot differently for Rory McIlroy had he never picked up the clubs.

He could've been a Fiat salesman, a fry cook on Venus or a van owner down by the River Bann.

One could ruminate all day on the parade of less-than-glamorous jobs McIlroy could've held in an alternate dimension, but the 25-year-old Northern Irishman appears to know exactly what he'd be right now without golf.

Namely, he thinks he would be deeply unfamiliar with the opposite gender.

The Daily Mirror's Alex Richards reports that McIlroy answered a number of questions during an interview for a recent BBC2 documentary.

When asked what he would be if he weren't a world-famous golfer, McIlroy jokingly replied, "A virgin."


Of course, McIlroy's response is a callback to a line once famously uttered by English striker/beanpole Peter Crouch, who gave reporters the exact same answer when asked, "What would you be if you weren’t a footballer?"

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Rory McIlroy of Europe walks to the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles on September 25, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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So there you have it: The young, golf-gym-win bachelor with a $200 million sports-apparel contract jokes that without golf he'd have nothing better to do than be down in mum's basement, yelling at strangers through a headset and pre-ordering Surge online.

If you shuddered at that thought, that's the correct response. We live in a world where McIlroy sinks birdies, dates (and ditches) famous women and drinks party nectar from hallowed jugs.

I can live in that world.

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