Posted March 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
(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...

Rory McIlroy Interrupts Caroline Wozniacki-Maria Sharapova Tennis Match to Play a Point at Madison Square Garden

If there's anything more adorable than the No. 1 golfer in the world coming down onto the court during his girlfriend's tennis match at Madison Square Garden to play a point with Maria Sharapova, we haven't see it. Rory McIlroy, who assumed the top ranking by winning the Honda Classic on Sunday, joined his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, on the hard court during an exhibition...

Honda Classic draws huge ratings thanks to late Tiger surge

The Honda Classic drew a 3.2 overnight rating, its highest in over a decade, and viewership was up 78% from last year. You can pin these ratings primarily on one man: Tiger Woods, who rallied from seven strokes back to finish as the runner-up behind Rory McIlroy, now ranked as the #1 golfer in the world. Stars draw in ratings, and the PGA Tour is getting some great performances...

VIDEO: Rory McIlroy plays a point against Maria Sharapova

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