Rory McIlroy Meets Will Smith

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Professional golfer Rory McIlroy is off to a great start.

Jan 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Professional golfer Rory McIlroy, 24, has started his 2014 off with a bang. The two-time major winner notched his first victory of the year with a New Year’s Eve  marriage proposal to longtime girlfriend and tennis pro, Caroline Wozniacki. Rory confirmed the celebratory news via Twitter after popping the question in Sydney, Australia, where his new fiancé has been preparing for the 2014 Australian Open.

Next up: Abu Dhabi, where Rory has been preparing for his first competition of 2014, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Though the No. 6-ranked golfer in the world has his sights set on winning his first tournament of the year, he took a break from practice to snap this photo with an unlikely companion, two-time Academy Award winner Will Smith.

Smith has been vacationing in Dubai with wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and "The Fast and the Furious" star Tyrese Gibson—and received a nice little critique of his golf swing:

The year is still young, but so far McIlroy appears to be having a great 2014. Hopefully he can keep his lucky streak going when the three-day golf tournament gets underway on January 16.

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