More reasons to like Rory McIlroy, the down-to-earth Northern Ireland phenom, in this highlight from his Monday press conference in Tucson at the Accenture World Match Play Championship:
Q: How has your life changed?
Rory: I don’t know. I’ve gotten two new dogs. (Laughter)
Of course, the 20-year-old could’ve mentioned his two new cars instead–a 193-mph Ferrari 340 F1 that he picked up last summer in Birmingham, England, and drove back to his hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland, or his new Audi RS6, which can top 150 mph. But those answers wouldn’t have been nearly as cute.
Ryan Finely of the Arizona Daily Star chronicled a few of the things that are different since last year’s World Match Play, when McIlroy made his American debut:
• Played in 10 PGA Tour events, finishing in the top 10 twice and top 25 six times.
• Signed an endorsement contract with Jumeirah Hotels &
• Shot an Internet video–a short film, really–for Jumeirah
that shows him exiting a Bentley, golf club in hand, and flying
over Dubai in a massive hot-air balloon.
• Become a household name on a PGA Tour desperate to find the
next Tiger Woods.
“I mean, I’d like to think that I haven’t
changed at all,” McIlroy said.
McIlroy, whose back has been bothering him of late, will tee off against Kevin Na on Wednesday in a first-round match.