McIlroy inspired by cancer survivor

Golf at the top is hard, but nowhere near in comparison to fighting cancer as a teenager, as Rory McIlroy finds out.

The Northern Irishman spent some time with 14-year-old cancer survivor Mary Bowder at a FedEx Cup Playoff event at the Yankee Stadium this week.

FedEx is a corporate partner of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the hospital where Mary was treated. It turns out she's a pretty decent golfer too, as she spent time with McIlroy hitting balls at targets around the Yankee Stadium.

While Mary learnt much from the four-time major winner, it was McIlroy that took away the biggest lesson…

"I've spent a lot of time with kids in similar positions and I always learn the values of perseverance, believing, fighting, staying positive," quipped the 28-year-old.

"It's inspiring to see someone come through a battle like that and be as successful as she has been since, it's incredible. Even for someone like me, who's been able to be successful with what I've done, to see someone come through a battle like that, it's 100 times harder than anything I've had to experience in my life."

McIlroy also revealed he will be making a $1 million donation to St. Jude. Well played Rory.