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Rory Mcilroy: 2012 in pictures

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Louis Oosthuizen, left, of South Africa, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, laugh while waiting to tee off on the third hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Sept., 2, 2012.

A young fan watches Rory McIlroy putt on the third hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Friday, March 2, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, waits for his playing partners to finish putting before leaving the 18th hole during the final round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament on Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. McIlroy hit into the water on the 18th and took a double bogey on the hole to finish the tournament tied for seventh place at 6-under-par 274.
Golfer Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Golfer Rory McIlroy, left, of Northern Ireland, talks with San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong before a baseball game between the Giants and the Houston Astros in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. McIlroy will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his victory on the 19th green in the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, center, and her boyfriend and golfer Rory McIlroy of North Ireland, left, hands a brush to an elephant to draw the painting before her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at Thailand Tennis Charity Invitation in Hua Hin, southern Thailand Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the second round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, and Rickie Fowler, center, hug on the 18th green following a playoff during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 6, 2012. At right is D.A. Points, who also was in the playoff. Fowler won the tournament.
Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland tees off on the 8th hole during the third round of Dubai Desert Classic, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, left, greets Anders Hansen after defeating him 3 and 2 during the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy takes a drop on the third fairway after hitting into the water while playing South Korea's Sang-moon Bae during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tees off the 12th hole while playing South Korea's Sang-moon Bae during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, right, is congratulated by South Korea's Sang-moon Bae after McIlroy won their quarterfinal match 3 and 2 at the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
Lee Westwood of England, left, congratulates Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on his 3 and 2 semifinal win during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
Hunter Mahan, left, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, stand for a photo next to the Walter Hagen Cup before playing in the final round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
Hunter Mahan, left, shakes hands with Rory McIlroy after defeating him 2 and 1 to win the final round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Marana, Ariz.
Rory McIlroy catches his club after tossing it up in response to a missed putt on the 17th green against Hunter Mahan in the final round during the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Marana, Ariz. Mahan won 2 and 1.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, signs autographs after finishing the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Friday, March 2, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after winning the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sunday, March 4, 2012. McIlroy became the top-ranked golfer in the world.
Rory McIlroy holds the trophy after winning the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sunday, March 4, 2012. McIlroy became the top-ranked golfer in the world.
Golfer Rory Mcilroy, left, tees up a tennis ball to hit to Maria Sharapova as Caroline Wozniacki looks on in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition tennis match Monday, March 5, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, signs autographs after completing the third round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Saturday, March 10, 2012 in Doral, Fla.
Professional golfer Rory McIlroy and Conor Ridge arrive at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington for the State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, right, embraces Rickie Fowler, left, after Fowler defeated McIlroy and D.A. Points on the first playoff hole to win the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Graeme McDowell, left, and Rory McIlroy, both from Northern Ireland, laugh as they walk off the 14th hole during a practice round for The Players Championship golf tournament Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The golf glove of Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hangs out of his pocket as he waits to putt on the ninth green during the final round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament on Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn.
Golfer Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
A member of the media holds a bobblehead of golfer Rory McIlroy before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. McIlroy was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The bobbleheads were given out to fans.
Golfer Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, left, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo (54) after the ceremonial first pitch before of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 18th green during the final round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
Europe's Rory McIlroy, right, and Ian Poulter have some fun during the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds the Western Golf Association's J.K. Wadley trophy, left, and the BMW trophy after winning the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
Rory McIlroy putts on the first green during the fourth round of The Barclays golf tournament at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, putts on the third green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his victory after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his drive from the fourth tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks at his ball after pulling it from a tree on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
Golfer Rory McIlroy, right, watches Caroline Wozniacki, from Denmark, play a match against Sesil Karatantcheva, from Kazakhstan, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Mason, Ohio.
Tiger Woods, right, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, walk across the bridge on the sixth fairway during the first round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his victory after the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Europe's Sergio Garcia, left, and Paul Lawrie look at Rory McIlroy's hair during their team photo at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds the trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hugs his father Gerry McIlroy after the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Europe's Rory McIlroy hits a shot on the sixth hole during a practice round at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, walks off the tee on the fourth hole after hitting during a practice round at the Tour Championship golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Atlanta. The tournament begins Thursday.
Europe's Rory McIlroy waves as he is introduced during the opening ceremony at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Golfer Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his girlfriend, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, practice at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Tennis competition is scheduled to begin Saturday, July 28.
Europe's Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Tiger Woods, right, shakes hands with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland before the start of The Barclays golf tournament at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks for his ball in the weeds on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
Europe's Graeme McDowell, left, and Luke Donald look at Rory McIlroy's phone during their team photo at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, autographs a ball on the seventh tee during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the championships trophy for photographers after the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Europe's Graeme McDowell, left, is congratulated by Rory McIlroy after making a putt to half the 13th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hugs his caddie after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, left, walks onto the first green with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki during the Pro Am round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds up the championship trophy after the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, wipes his forehead before teeing off on the third hole during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Akron, Ohio.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland finds his ball lodged in a tree on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
Europe's Rory McIlroy hits a drive on the third hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Europe's Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy talk as they walk up the first hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
Louis Oosthuizen, left, of South Africa, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, laugh while waiting to tee off on the third hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Sept., 2, 2012.