McIlroy a proven winner at Doral


DORAL, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is among the past champions back at Doral this week.

Well, sort of.

McIlroy, 20, made the voyage from Northern Ireland as a child to play the Doral Publix International Junior Championship. He won the 9-year-old division the first time he stepped onto the property, though that competition was staged at what was then the Doral Green Course. Now, it’s the White Course. He said he played the event for four or so years.

“I know the resort pretty well and feel comfortable with the whole place,” McIlroy said. “I love the golf course.”

As a 13-year-old, McIlroy said he made birdie at the Blue Monster's famed 18th hole hitting driver and wedge.

McIlroy tied for 20th in his first appearance in the WGC-CA Championship at Doral last year.