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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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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 Rory McIlroy reacts after putting on the 18th green during the second day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course on Friday. McIlroy shot a 1-under 69 to give him a 140 for the first two rounds. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Rory McIlroy plays a shot out of the bunker on the 15th hole. McIlroy carded a 1-over 71 on Thursday.

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open at Congressional last month after leading the first three rounds of the Masters.

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Rory McIlroy's eight-stroke U.S. Open victory at Congressional Country Club revived memories of Tiger Woods' first major title, a 12-stroke victory at the Masters in 1997.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Fans hold out their hands to try to to touch tournament leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland as he makes his way from the practice range to the first tee before starting his final round at the U.S. Open. McIlroy went on to win by finishing with a tournament-record score of 268. "What he is doing is pretty special," said world No. 1 Luke Donald.

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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 kisses the U.S. Open trophy after winning the championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy looks at the U.S. Open trophy after winning the championship 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, 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 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)

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Tournament leader Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the par-3 second hole during final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)