Meanwhile, the Masters — which McIlroy led by four strokes before a final-round meltdown last year — is just a month away, and already the buzz is building about a battle for the green jacket at Augusta National.
"Exciting times," McIlroy said.
Indeed they are, for a personable young champion who is now officially the best golfer in the world.
Pretty exciting, too, for the game of golf itself.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
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