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For Rory McIlroy, a role reversal

Updated: January 25, 2012, 11:19 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- His first trip to play golf in this part of the world is remembered more for what he did after a round than during it.

Rory McIlroy was just a 16-year-old amateur in 2006, more than a year away from his true emergence as a future star, when he was invited to play in the Dubai Desert Classic.

Although his golf was unremarkable, the first day of the tournament certainly was not, as he got an up-close view of Tiger Woods.

"I played in ...

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