A Masters rookie worth watching

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

April 7, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---It was a chilly Tuesday at Augusta National as players "swung" into another day of practice and patrons got another day of watching golf's greatest take the course.

We've had some surprise winners the past two years in Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman, but what we haven't had since Fuzzy Zoeller back in 1979 is a Masters rookie capturing the coveted green jacket. That could change this week.

There are plenty of good rookies out there, but one name that stands out is 19-year-old Rory McIlroy. Despite his only playing in the States twice, people have taken notice of how good he is. He's already in the top 20 in the world and has a couple of top 25 finishes as well.

While Rory is not the type to seek out the spotlight, the attention isn't going away any time soon.

"I came over here five weeks ago now for my first event, and I've played well, you know. I haven't finished outside the top 25 in my four events over here, so I've been coming in here and playing well, and obviously the fans have been able to see that," McIlroy said.

"Yeah, yeah, Rory," said PGA Tour veteran Ernie Els. "Great talent and a great future. I really have great anticipation to watch his career. I think he's going to have a great one."

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