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Rory McIlroy does the ‘Rocky’ climb in Philly

If you're in Philly, you have to do it. So Rory McIlroy did.

The world No. 2 climbed to the top of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday night. He did it in conjunction with the Phillies, who outfitted the two-time major champion with a No. 113 jersey. This is the 113th U.S. Open -- get it?


In his news conference on Tuesday at Merion, McIlroy said making the climb Rocky Balboa made in every film in the series sans "Rocky IV" was something he wanted to do.

As someone who made the climb 12 years before when I was in Philly to appear in the "Jeopardy!" teen tournament, I can attest it's not very daunting to make the climb in an all-out sprint.

Then again, I was thinner in 2001.

Anyhow, the Phillies lost the game 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

Last year, the San Francisco Giants had a McIlroy bobblehead night before the Open at The Olympic Club. They beat the Houston Astros that night by a 6-3 count.

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