Rory McIlroy, fresh off a private one-on-one match-play showdown with Tiger Woods, starts defending the Honda Classic title on Thursday, a win that first put him atop the rankings.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland signs autographs during the pro am of the Honda Classic at PGA National on February 27, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Northern Ireland's McIlroy held off a closing charge by Woods last year to claim the $6 million US PGA Tour event, which launched him to World No. 1 for the first time.
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