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‘There has to be a fun element too’ – Golf star Rory McIlroy on why he picked Alpine as his latest investment

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Lawrence Barretto
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Golfer Rory McIlroy (C), of Northern Ireland, holds the Ryder Cup as he poses with Alpine's French

Alpine received a huge financial boost earlier this year when a host of the world’s biggest sports stars became strategic investors. One of those athletes was world number two golfer Rory McIlroy, who made an appearance in Austin back in October to get a closer look at his latest investment.

It might seem strange for a golfer to want to pump his hard-earned cash into a Formula 1 team – especially one that has become a perennial mid-table finisher – but when Alpine presented McIlroy with their plans for the future, the self-confessed F1 fan was sufficiently impressed to sign on the dotted line and make this his 22nd investment through his investment vehicle Symphony Ventures over the last five years.

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