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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland smiles during a practice round prior to the start of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 5, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer It didn't take long for Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler to size each other up in a lineup of stars. They were teenagers in the Walker Cup five years ago at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. The Americans were so loaded that year that eight players from the 10-man team have made it to the PGA Tour and five of them already have won - Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Kyle Stanley, Chris Kirk and Fowler, who won at Quail Hollow last week in a playoff that included McIlroy. ''I felt like he was the best player on that team at the time,'' McIlroy said. ''And he was also the nicest guy.'' McIlroy was a little easier to identify, especially since this was a home game. Earlier that summer, he posted a bogey-free opening round at Carnoustie in the British Open and was low amateur. Padraig Harrington, with the claret jug in his arms, predicted greatness for the kid and few disagreed. ''I knew he was one of the top players, and once I ...
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