McIlroy: Holywood star with box-office appeal

McIlroy: Holywood star with box-office appeal

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McIlroy, 28, needs just the Masters to complete the set of all four major titles, an honor held by only Woods and four others.

That a resurgent Woods will be one of McIlroy’s chief rivals at Augusta next week adds significant spice to the narrative.

But then McIlroy, the grinning, curly-haired kid from Holywood, Northern Ireland, has always been box office.

Chipping golf balls into a washing machine on a TV talk show after winning the World U10 Championship was just the start.

McIlroy grew up “fixated” by golf from a young age, learning the game through his Dad at the unassuming Holywood Golf Club outside Belfast. He’d cry when he was told it was time to go home.

His idol was Woods, who…



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