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Matthew Southgate of England, right, plays his shot on the 12th tee, watched by Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, during a practice round for the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Matthew Southgate of England, right, plays his shot on the 12th tee, watched by Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, during a practice round for the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Rory McIlroy

January 1, 1970

2011 has been a great year, and certainly a memorable one, for 22-year-old golfer Rory McIlroy.