WATCH: Heartwarming moment as Rory McIlroy literally makes young fan jump for joy

Rory McIlroy smiling

Sport is a serious business, but if Rory McIlroy needed a reminder of the sheer power to create joy that its stars have, he got it this week.

The Ulsterman is readying himself for the BWM Championship, where a good performance could see him become just the second man to top the FedEx standings twice.

Before we get to that, though, it’s worth pausing for a moment to see the absolute joy just a mere acknowledgement from McIlroy provoked in a young fan.

McIlroy is in good form, actually hailing this season as the finest of his career so far, and he is in understandably confident mood at Medinah this week.

“It’s another opportunity this week to try and climb a little bit higher going into Atlanta,” McIlroy said.

“I want to be 10 under par standing on that first tee in Atlanta next week so I know that I want to get to number one and I need to win.

“It’s hard enough to win golf tournaments when you’re all starting on a level playing field, but whenever it’s staggered like that, it’s a tough proposition if someone like Brooks Koepka or Patrick Reed is starting two or three shots ahead of you.

“72 holes is a lot of golf to play and things can happen, but I think it all evens out over the course of the week, and to spot guys of that calibre a few shots at the start of the week is pretty tough.”