It’s really Luke! Rory McIlroy was visited by captain Donald in a heartwarming Christmas message from Team Europe ahead of next year’s Ryder Cup… as the world No 1 was told to play like Jon Rahm in Rome
Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy took part in a hilarious Love Actually spoof ahead of the Christmas weekend.
Team Europe’s Ryder Cup captain shared the video on his Twitter account, which sees the pair parodying one of the most famous scenes from the 2003 festive rom-com.
In their own version of the scene made famous by Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln in the film, Donald is seen standing outside McIlroy’s house with a message written on several large cue cards.
Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald star in a hilarious ‘Love Actually’ spoof video on social media
In the clip, accompanied by a soothing version of ‘Silent Night,’ Donald flips through cue cards as McIlroy can be heard telling someone in his house: ‘Carol singers.’
Donald’s message begins: ‘With any luck this time next year, I’ll be a Ryder Cup-winning captain.’
After showing a mocked-up picture of him holding the Ryder Cup trophy, he added: ‘But for now let me say, without hope or agenda, just because it’s Christmas (and we’re telling the truth at Christmas), to me you are almost perfect.
In the video, Donald said that he hopes to be a ‘winning Ryder Cup captain’ in one year.
He then said Christmas was a time of honesty and McIlroy was ‘almost perfect’
He says the ‘only way’ he’ll love McIlroy more is if he performs like Jon Rahm in Rome next year
McIlroy says he’ll ‘try his best’ to play like Rahm and the video ends with them hugging
‘And the only way to love you more, is if you play like this guy in the Ryder Cup in Rome.’
Donald then showed a picture of Jon Rahm, who has a 3-1-1 record in the 2021 Ryder Cup where the US team won 19-9.
The Ryder Cup captain then displayed a message saying ‘Merry Christmas’ and gave McIlroy his thumbs up.
McIlroy after agreeing said ‘I’ll try my best captain’ before hugging Donald and wishing him a Merry Christmas.
This isn’t the first Christmas message McIlroy has been involved with this year.
Earlier this week, TaylorMade Golf released its annual Christmas video starring Tiger Woods, McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa and Charley Hull.
Tiger Woods (L) leads TaylorMade’s carolers, along with Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood (R)
Woods was seen leading the pack in a similar way that he had over the course of many years.
The 15-time major winner, wearing a top hat and Victorian-era attire, took the baton to lead his fellow golfing stars in a rendition of ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas.’
However, the festive song was almost derailed by McIlroy as the Northern Irishman comically lost his page and turned to the group in confusion.
The rest of the group, led by a beaming Morikawa front and center, plowed on as McIlroy frantically flicked through his sheet music – apparently it needed to sing the well-known holiday classic.
2022 has been a positive one for McIlroy who last week was crowned the Association of Golf Writers (AGW) Golfer of the Year.
It is a record-equalling fourth occasion that the Hollywood star has been honored with the award after the reigning DP World Tour No.1, PGA Tour No.1 and current World No.1 was first selected in 2012 and again in 2014 .and 2015.