McIlroy shows off Claret Jug at Man U opener

Rory McIlroy showed off the Claret Jug while being honored during halftime of Manchester United's English Premier League opener at Old Trafford.
Rory McIlroy showed off the Claret Jug while being honored during halftime of Manchester United's English Premier League opener at Old Trafford. ( Associated Press )

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The English Premier League season began Saturday and Rory McIlroy was part of the celebration.

The 2014 Open champion showed off the Claret Jug during halftime of Manchester United's opener against Swansea City at Old Trafford. McIlroy is a big United fan, so you can bet that being honored on his favorite team's home pitch will go down as one of the highlights of his 2014, which has also included a PGA Championship victory.

What got people on Twitter talking, though, was McIlroy's choice of attire – a plaid suit.

Even Ian Poulter, an Arsenal supporter, got in on the conversation:

Poulter could end up getting the last laugh, too, as United fell to Swansea, 2-1, and Arsenal plays Crystal Palace at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, a match where the Gunners are the favorite.