McIlroy: All grown up.
At the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, Rory McIlroy, who was only 20-years-old, nearly missed the cut before holing out for eagle on the par-5 No. 7 (his 16th hole) in the second round to make it on the number. It feels like it was just the other week that McIlroy put on a weekend clinic, firing rounds of 66-62 to capture his first PGA Tour victory, which included a double-breaking 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to top off the stirring come-from-behind win.
Now, two years later, the 22-year-old reigning U.S. Open champion is back in Charlotte, rested and ready for competition after only making one start in the last seven weeks to jump-start his summer. McIlroy, who has always been mature beyond his years, turns 23 on Friday and said he’s cutting back to about 23 events this season compared to around 30 last year. (continue reading…)