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Rory McIlroy went home to Northern Ireland after the Masters and left his clubs behind in Florida. He didn't touch them again until he returned last week to start gearing up for a big summer that includes his title defense at the U.S. Open.
The Wells Fargo Championship will be only his second tournament in the last two months.
It's an example of how McIlroy, who turns 23 on Friday, already is learning to find balance in a life that is more public than ever and getting increasingly busy. He was in Germany to watch his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and he brought her home to Hollywood on a whim. He even had occasion to chat with the Queen of England during a horse race at Newbury.
McIlroy is growing into his role as the biggest of the game's rising stars - on and off the golf course.
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