This story about one fan's encounter with Rory McIlroy is both amusing and a pretty cool look into the life of the world's No. 1 player.
"When Rory made his birdie putt on 18, we left Valhalla. My wife picked the three of us up and we headed toward Louisville on Shelbyville Rd. to fill up the gas tank and get dinner. As we pulled into the Thornton's just down from Valhalla, I noticed someone wearing the same shirt and hat that Rory wore today, did a double-take, and realized it was actually Rory McIlroy."
"He had just stepped out of the driver's seat of his "PGA Official" Mercedes-Benz silver SUV. He was going to pump the gas himself, but his cell phone rang and he got back in the SUV. My wife pulled our car into the gas pump right in front of his. As I hopped out of our car, Rory's caddiy hopped out of the SUV. Rory sat in the driver's seat and finished his call. Maggie got out of our car and I handed her my PGA Ticket and a pen and told her, 'Now is your chance.' She didn't waste it."
"Maggie asked the caddy if she could approach Rory, and he said 'sure.' She then motioned to Rory, and he smiled and waved her toward him. She said, 'Hi, I'm Maggie, how are you?' Rory said, 'Oh, I'm a little tired, but feel pretty good. I had a good day today (66), could have been better.'"
"Rory signed the ticket with a Sharpie pen he had in the SUV. Maggie wished him good luck, and about that time I wandered over with my iPhone camera. I said hello and asked if he minded if I took a photo of him and Maggie. He smiled and said, 'Sure, that would be great,' in his charming Northern Irish lilt."
Here's the photo:
Pretty cool moment for a young golf fan.