JIM FURYK last night praised Rory McIlroy for his performances on and off the golf course.
Furyk and McIlroy are among 29 players in this week’s Verizon Heritage field who contested last week’s US Masters and the US star admits to being impressed by the Holywood tyro.
“Rory is a really nice kid and he’s accomplished an unbelievable amount given he’s still 19,” said Furyk. “He’s got a world of talent and I am very impressed by the way he conducts himself.
“While I’m impressed by his talent but I am more impressed by the quality of the person Rory seems to be.
“There are a lot of people out here who have a lot of talent but he seems like a kid who really has his head on properly so he can focus in the proper directions.
“I played with him for a couple of days at Doral, and I’ve seen him quite a bit around the tournaments and talked to him and he seems like a very good individual.”
The week’s tournament is McIlroy’s sixth in the States this year with his best finish being fifth in March’s WGC – Accenture Match-Play Championship. He drove down from Augusta on Monday accompanied by his parents and girlfriend and was lucky to escape the effects of a mini hurricane that struck the South Carolina and Georgia region.
Meanwhile, Darren Clarke yesterday revealed he attempted to contact McIlroy’s agent after the teenager’s controversial incident in a bunker at the 18th on Friday.
The 19-year-old was called before the Masters Tournament competition committee, and told they were reviewing whether McIlroy kicked the sand — a rules violation.
Clarke revealed: “As soon as I saw Rory kick the sand I knew it was a foul and rushed out to ring Chubby (Chandler). I was hoping I could catch him before he handed in his card.”
Clarke, who is recovering from a minor rotator cuff muscle injury in his right shoulder, aims to return to competition in the coming weeks ahead of the Irish Open at Baltray in May.
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