(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Rory McIlroy made quite a first impression in America, even when he lost.
He made his pro debut on American soil in the Arizona desert at the 2009 Match Play Championship. As a 19-year-old, McIlroy advanced to the quarterfinals and threw everything he had at Geoff Ogilvy until losing on the 17th hole.
Ogilvy, who went on to win his third World Golf Championship that week, recalls riding back to the clubhouse with his caddie, Allistair ''Squirrel'' Matheson, both of them realizing that the landscape was about to change.
''I played so good that day,'' Ogilvy said Sunday morning from his home in California. ''I birdied 15, 16 and 17 and halved all three holes. We were way under par that day. Both Squirrel and I said, `This guy is going to be unbelievable.' And then Squirrel said, `If you want to be No. 1, you're going to have to be better than this guy.' Because not many people...