Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rory McIlroy earns Golf Magazine POY

Rory McIlroy was playing in the North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush in July 2005. As a 2-year-old, he had poked a 40-yard drive; at 15, he had played for Europe's winning Junior Ryder Cup team; but now, at 16, his McNificence was still largely a matter of conjecture. He'd been left off Great Britain & Ireland's 10-man Walker Cup team that would travel to Chicago to play the United States that September, a conspicuous, controversial omission. The kid still had much to prove at Portrush.

"They weren't the easiest conditions," says Nick Mullen, a former junior golfer from Kildare, Ireland, who played against McIlroy and now manages a handful of Tour pros. "I think I shot 71 or 72 and I thought I did pretty damn good. Then I came in and saw 'R. McIlroy: 61.' He'd broken the course record. There are tons of stories like that."

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Rory McIlroy was playing in the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina. And he wasn't exactly distinguishing himself. "He played terrible the first two rounds," says Ted Scott, who caddies for Bubba Watson, one of McIlroy's playing partners that week. "Most normal humans, when we start hitting it bad we start getting tight. He stayed in attack mode. He was like, 'I'm going to keep doing what I do and if it happens, it happens.' "

Full story from Golf.com's Cameron Morfit:
With a heart-wrenching loss at Augusta and an explosive win at the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy transcended golf in 2011

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