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Thursday 18 December 2014

United States just loves Rory McIlroy

Golfer Rory Mcilroy, left, tees up a tennis ball to hit to Maria Sharapova as Caroline Wozniacki looks on in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition tennis match Monday, March 5, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golfer Rory Mcilroy, left, tees up a tennis ball to hit to Maria Sharapova as Caroline Wozniacki looks on in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition tennis match Monday, March 5, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court and returns against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Golfer Rory Mcilroy, left, prepares to hit a tennis ball to Maria Sharapova as Caroline Wozniacki looks on in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition tennis match Monday, March 5, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golfer Rory Mcilroy, right, comes onto the court with Caroline Wozniacki looks on in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition tennis match Monday, March 5, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court and returns against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is encouraged by his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to join her on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is encouraged by his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to join her on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer (L) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend (R) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court and plays a shot against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is encouraged by his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to join her on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court and plays a shot against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The world’s number one golfer first heard the phrase even before he sank the final putt to win the US Open: “Rory McIlroy, America loves you.”

It was just one over-excited Stateside fan, but it seems he was speaking for millions.

And some 11 months on from that staggering victory at Congressional, the love affair between Rory and the Americans is deepening.

US commentators have been going crazy about the Holywood golfer.

The New York Times headline screamed: ‘McIlroy holds off Woods and shows who's No1’, while the Washington Post said it was ‘a performance worthy of the new No1 player in golf’.

USA Today mused: ‘So, three years after McIlroy landed in America with a mop of unruly hair and plenty of hype, the young man from Northern Ireland has achieved his lifelong dream.’

It seems McIlroy is so unbeatable right now he even won a point off tennis star Maria Sharapova hours after being declared world No1.

He was at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday night to cheer on girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in an exhibition match when he was invited onto the court with Wozniacki a game from losing the contest.

Dressed in jeans and a sweater, McIlroy showed off a one-handed backhand, and Sharapova hit his lob wide, gifting him the point.

Asked if he was surprised, McIlroy joked: ‘I’ve won a few off Caroline.’

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