It will be McIlroy’s second humanitarian trip as a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador since visiting the earthquake ravaged island in June 2011.
Back then, McIlroy went to Haiti visiting newly-built schools, a maternal centre and camps for displaced people, just weeks after his infamous US Masters meltdown in Augusta. The Co Down man then defied sceptics to win a first Major, the 2011 US Open by eight shots.
Now after a disappointing start to his season and the fact main rival, Tiger Woods heads to Augusta National as red hot favourite to win a 15th Major, McIlroy has again opted to return to the Caribbean island. McIlroy will accompany a delegation from UNICEF Ireland to inspect the work that has been undertaken in rebuilding the country since the January 2010 earthquake that is believed to have killed 220,000 people.
Meanwhile Kiradech Aphibarnrat held his nerve for a maiden European Tour title at the Malaysian Open yesterday at an event reduced to 54 holes on account of thunderstorms that had affected the opening three days.
Leading by two at the 18th, he was able to take six at the 634-yard par-five to finish on 13-under, meaning Edoardo Molinari was edged into second by one stroke. Anders Hansen finished third on 11-under, with Victor Dubuisson of France and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa joint-fourth. Pádraig Harrington had threatened victory at one stage, eagling the third and adding three birdies in a fine start to the round. However, three successive bogeys on the back nine ended his challenge, eventually settling for a sixth-place finish.