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Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland plays a ball on the 17th hole during the first round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey celebrates winning the Dunhill Links Golf Championships at St Andrews, Scotland Sunday Oct. 2, 2011. Michael Hoey held off compatriots Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to win the Dunhill Links Golf Championship as Northern Irish players continued their run of success.

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**FILE** This photo from Jan. 30, 1972, shows a man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which became known as Bloody Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke hits a shot out of the bunker on the 11th hole during the final day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, on Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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Darren Clarke (right) of Northern Ireland and Dustin Johnson of the United States line up their putts on the 10th green during the final day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, on Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke watches his shot off the 18th tee during the third day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Saturday. Clarke shot a 1-under 69 and holds a one-stroke lead heading into the final day.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke plays a shot off the 18th tee during the second day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course on Friday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hoists the U.S. Open trophy at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda on Sunday, June 19, 2011, after running away from the field, finishing with a tournament best-ever 16 under par. (The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hugs his father Gerry McIlroy after winning the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holes a par putt on the 18th green to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holes a par putt on the 18th green to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlory, of Northern Ireland, acknowledges the crowd on the18th fairway before he went on to finish -2 for the day and -16 for the tournament to win the U.S. Open championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlory, of Northern Ireland, reacts after nearly making birdie on the 18th green before finishing -2 for the day and -16 for the tournament to win the U.S. Open championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 12th hole during his final round in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, acknowledges the gallery as he walks down the 10th fairway during the final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green before his final putt to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holes a par putt on the 18th green to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Tournament leader Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits a shot on the sixth hole under during his final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Tournament leader Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, sinks a putt on the fifth hole to save par and stay at 16 under during his final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)