How can such a small country create such incredible champions? Easy: everyone can play golf in Northern Ireland. For G-Mac, his home-town of Portrush has two clubs – the world-famous Royal Portrush, and the smaller, less celebrated Rathmore. Rathmore, he says, taught him everything he knew. Clarke, who founded the Darren Clarke Golf School in Antrim to develop junior golf in Ireland, walked the fairways of Dungannon – where his father was greenkeeper. And McIlroy, introduced to golf at the age of two, could soon hit the ball 40 yards and became the youngest member of Holywood Golf Club at the age of eight!