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CRAWFORD BLOG | McIlroy makes some new friends at local gas station

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Turns out, nice guys can finish first -- or at least within one stroke of the lead, anyway.

Rory McIlroy is the new No. 1 ranked golfer in the world and shot a 5-under 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla on Thursday.

After the round, McIlroy and his caddie stopped their Mercedes SUV courtesy vehicle at a nearby Thornton's on Shelbyville road to fill up.

McIlroy was behind the wheel, and his caddie was pumping the gas when he was approached by a Louisville family.

Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger newspaper and the website picks up the account here. He got a note from Kentucky fan Timothy Campbell, who submitted a guest post. An excerpt here:

As we pulled into the Thornton's just down from Valhalla, I noticed someone wearing the same shirt and hat that Rory wore today, did a double-take, and realized it was actually Rory McIlroy.

He had just stepped out of the driver's seat of his “PGA Official” Mercedes-Benz silver SUV.  He was going to pump the gas himself, but his cell phone rang and he got back in the SUV.  My wife pulled our car into the gas pump right in front of his.  As I hopped out of our car, Rory's caddy hopped out of the SUV.  Rory sat in the driver's seat and finished his call.  Maggie got out of our car and I handed her my PGA Ticket and a pen and told her, “Now is your chance.”  She didn't waste it.

Maggie asked the caddy if she could approach Rory, and he said “Sure.”  She then motioned to Rory, and he smiled and waved her toward him.  She said, “Hi, I'm Maggie, how are you?”  Rory said, “Oh, I'm a little tired, but feel pretty good.  I had a good day today (66), could have been better.”

A lot of golfers would've kept the doors shut and the windows up. I got a kick out of the fact that McIlroy was driving. And his courtesy to some fans at a gas station will go a long way toward winning him more fans in these parts.

Read the full post from Larry Vaught's site right here. It's a good story.

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