As the rising star from Northern Ireland tees off at Augusta for the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament, a look at the victories (and challenges) that made him one to watch.
April 05, 2012
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Shortly after the Portmarnock tournament, McIlroy was recruited to play golf for East Tennessee State University. McIlroy ultimately declined in favor of a career playing amateur golf in Europe. Pictured, McIlroy hits a shot during the 136th Open Championship at the Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2007 in Carnoustie, Scotland, where he won a silver medal as the highest-ranking amateur in the tournament.