McIlroy on getting grilled by kid: 'Good fun'


Rory McIlroy was frustrated Saturday not to shoot lower than a 4-under 68 at the DP World Tour Championship.

But he was happy to field questions about a disappointing finish to his round compared to the tough inquiries thrown his way earlier this week by 9-year-old Billy Jenkins.

"It was a lot of fun," McIlroy said of the interview that's gone viral. "Gibbo [European Tour chief press officer Michael Gibbons] gave me a call the week before and said, 'How close to the bone can we go?' And I said, 'Look, I don't mind, you can go as close as you want.' I wasn't quite expecting some of the questions that came up, but it was all in good fun."

Jenkins has already done his "Little Interviews" with Andrew "Beef" Johnston and Graeme McDowell. And he really tightened the screws on McIlroy with questions like "Who is your favorite girl tennis player?" and "If you're so tough, how come you're so scared of a little tiny mosquito?"

"I definitely had to put my thinking hat on a couple of times and try to wiggle out of a couple of them as best I could," McIlroy said with a laugh. "It was all good fun. I had a great time. It's great to do things like that. It's nice to be able to show people I can still laugh at myself."