Rory McIlroy: The Holywood star with box-office appeal

( CNN) As a nine-year-old he wrote to Tiger Woods saying he was “coming to get him, ” but now Rory McIlroy stands on the brink of joining his hero as a true legend of the game.

That a resurgent Woods will be one of McIlroy’s chief contenders at Augusta next week adds significant spice to the narrative.

But then McIlroy, the grinning, curly-haired kid from Holywood, Northern Ireland, has always been box office.

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