Rory McIlroy, the 22-year-old sensation from Northern Ireland, listed his favorite courses (presumably in the United States) after he fired a 6-under par 66 to share the first round lead in the Memorial Tournament Thursday.
On Friday, McIlroy stood 7-under through No. 12, in sole possession of the lead.
Asked why he felt Muirfield Village set up well for him, McIlroy said, "This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, one of my favorite golf courses. I like these sort of golf courses, the likes of here and Akron and Quail Hollow, tree-lined, and I sort of feel as if I'm pretty comfortable on courses like that.
Yeah, I feel comfortable, and I'm swinging well, I'm hitting it good, and I'm holing a few putts, so hopefully I can keep it going for the next three days.''
McIlroy said he didn't grow up on a tree-lined course in Holywood, Northern Ireland.
"I prefer this sort of golf where you've got to fly it in the air,'' he said. "When there's no wind and the conditions are as good as they are and the greens are this good, you're going to give yourself plenty of opportunities.''