In the eye of the Tiger
Back to the 2006 Irish Amateur Close Championship at The European Club, McIlroy went to the turn in three under and was on his way to beating the course record of four under par 67, set by Tiger Woods in July 2002. He had to settle for a 70 in the end, and ended up taking 80 in the second round as the wind blew and the rough took its toll.
He still qualified for the matchplay stages with ease, though, and eventually cruised to the title having learned some valuable lessons about course management and wind play. This, you could say, has stood to him in his professional career since then. Born in Northern Ireland, McIlroy is a golfer defined by the courses of his youth. Courses that create winners in the #homeofchampions.
By Brian Keogh