Rory McIlroy
Professional golfer
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer from Holywood in County Down who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He is the current World Number One and a two-time major champion. On 19 June 2011 he won the U.S. Open, setting a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-shot victory. He then won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight shots on 12 August 2012 for his second major championship victory.
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July 07, 2016
Rory McIlroy practices swings at the 145th Royal Troon open and greets police officers
May 24, 2016
Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll seen returning to The Wesbury Hotel after a stroll around Grafton Street in the sunshine, Dublin, Ireland - 24.05.16.
March 21, 2016
Exterior views of 51 Dawson Street, the prime Dublin city centre building golf pro Rory McIlroy (26) reportedly bought with a guide price of 4.25m Euro. Road works hamper wide photographs of the building as the new Luas tramline is being laid on Dawso
December 20, 2015
BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2015 held at Odyssey Arena - Arrivals
May 20, 2015
Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is reportedly engaged once more after popping the question to his girlfriend Erica Stoll during a romantic break in Paris, France this week (begs30Nov15), according to the Irish Independent. The sportsman famously dumped hi
December 14, 2014
Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is reportedly engaged once more after popping the question to his girlfriend Erica Stoll during a romantic break in Paris, France this week (begs30Nov15), according to the Irish Independent. The sportsman famously dumped hi
May 21, 2014
Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is reportedly engaged once more after popping the question to his girlfriend Erica Stoll during a romantic break in Paris, France this week (begs30Nov15), according to the Irish Independent. The sportsman famously dumped hi
October 10, 2013
Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is reportedly engaged once more after popping the question to his girlfriend Erica Stoll during a romantic break in Paris, France this week (begs30Nov15), according to the Irish Independent. The sportsman famously dumped hi
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Injured McIlroy says he will be out until March
Reuters.com - about 1 month
LONDON (Reuters) - Injured Rory McIlroy has ruled himself out of action for a further month, targeting a return in Mexico on March 2, he told Fox Sports on Tuesday.
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Golf-Injured McIlroy pulls out of Dubai Desert classic
Yahoo News - about 1 month
LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has pulled out of next week's Dubai Desert Classic with a rib injury, the event's promoter said on Monday. "Obviously, we are disappointed, but we fully understand the situation. Our greatest concern is Rory's health," said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of 'Golf in Dubai'. The twice event champion suffered the injury earlier this month during the first round of the South African Open. ...
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Rory McIlroy withdraws from Abu Dhabi Championship because of rib injury
LATimes - about 1 month
Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship this week because of a rib injury.  The European Tour released a statement on Monday saying the second-ranked McIlroy underwent tests after he was injured during the SA Open and they revealed a stress fracture.  McIlroy said it was “bitterly...
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Rory McIlroy, after runner-up finish at SA Open, to have aching back examined
LATimes - about 1 month
One tournament into the new year, Rory McIlroy is going for tests on his back Monday to make sure he is fit enough to play Abu Dhabi without further damage.  McIlroy felt pain in his back before the second round of the South African Open, and it lingered throughout the final round, where he closed...
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McIlroy defies back pain to stay in SA Open hunt
Yahoo News - about 1 month
World number two Rory McIlroy defied severe back pain to fire a second-round 68 Friday and trail South African Open leader Graeme Storm by three shots. McIlroy admitted after his rollercoaster trek around the Glendower Golf Club near Johannesburg that he considered withdrawing from the European Tour event. "I thought about pulling out before teeing off today (Friday)," the 27-year-old from Northern Ireland told reporters.
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Rory McIlroy changes clubs for South African Open
Yahoo News - about 1 month
World number two Rory McIlroy tees off Thursday in the South African Open hoping a change of clubs will not trigger a loss of form. The withdrawal of Nike from club manufacturing forced McIlroy to change and he has spent several weeks in Dubai experimenting with various brands. For his first South African Open appearance since 2008, he will use woods and irons from one manufacturer, wedges and balls from another and a putter from a third.
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McIlroy keeps promise to line up in South African Open
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Rory McIlroy will be keeping a promise to fellow major champion Ernie Els when he lines up in the South African Open this week as the European Tour begins a new calendar year. Els is player-host of the second oldest national Open championship in world golf and extracted the commitment when he played in the 2014 Irish Open, which is hosted by McIlroy’s Foundation. “Rory was very serious about coming to South Africa when I told him he ‘owed me one’ at the Irish Open,” said Els.
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McIlroy still resents Olympics for forcing his hand
Yahoo News - about 2 months
(Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has said he still resents the Olympic Games for forcing him to choose between Britain and Ireland and revealed that Tiger Woods sends him texts in the early hours. The Northern Irishman, who agonized for years before opting to represent Ireland, ultimately withdrew from last year's Rio de Janeiro Games after citing health fears over the Zika virus. The four times major winner told Ireland's Independent newspaper in an interview that it was a choice he had never wanted to make.
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Tiger's form, battle for top spot to dominate 2017 storylines
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The new golf year begins with Jason Day and Tiger Woods seeking to overcome back issues, Rory McIlroy trying to shake off a bout of glandular fever and Hideki Matsuyama perhaps on the cusp of supplanting them all as the game's top dog. Nothing is likely to garner more publicity than whether Woods can finally resume a full schedule following 2015 back surgery, but speculation of his prospects will remain just that until his 2017 debut. In the meantime, Day and Matsuyama will attempt to get the year off to a flying start this week in Hawaii at the Tournament of Champions, with McIlroy scheduled to begin his campaign at next week's South African Open.
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Reed, Finau, Jutanugarn make our annual Leap list
ABC News - about 2 months
Welcome to one of my favorite annual columns -- predictions not for which players will win specific events, but which ones will make The Leap. What does that mean, exactly? Well, this is an examination of players who should boost themselves into the next echelon on their given tour. Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth winning a major? They've already done that, so it's not a leap. The first name on this list? That would be a leap of major proportions. Let's get right to it, with 10 players covering four different circuits, each of whom is primed to reach that next level this year. Patrick Reed The Leap: Major champion Following a year that gave us four first-time major champions, it's hard to believe we won't see at least one player win some initial major hardware this year, as well. Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka were each on the short list to make this leap, but instead, the choice.. ...
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McIlroy must strive harder to be the greatest - Nicklaus
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(Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has the talent but he must work harder to dominate golf, 18-times major title winner Jack Nicklaus has said. McIlroy is only behind Australian Jason Day in the world rankings and has won four majors in his career so far, the last of which came in 2014. "Rory is one of those young men who has got a tremendous amount of talent," American Nicklaus told the BBC.
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McIlroy out to keep up proud Dubai Classic record
Yahoo News - 2 months
World number two Rory McIlroy will be looking to maintain a proud record when he competes in the $2.65 million Dubai Desert Classic in February. "I have great memories of this tournament," McIlroy said in a news release on Monday. "I made the cut here for the first time in a European Tour event as a 17-year-old amateur in 2007 and it was here I secured my first professional win two years later.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rory McIlroy
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    He often interrupts his busy golfing schedule to attend rugby matches at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, and has followed the Northern Irish football team during the 2016 European championship.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to sport.
    On the eve of the Open Championship in 2016 McIlroy said he will not watch the golf tournament at the Olympic Games and would focus on the sports that matter like swimming and track & field.
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    At the the final event of the PGA Tour season, the 2016 Tour Championship, McIlroy overcame a two-shot deficit after the third round to force a playoff with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell, winning the competition at the fourth playoff hole.
    More Details Hide Details The result put McIlroy at the top of the FedEx Cup and won him the $10 million bonus pool.
    At the 2016 Masters, McIlroy was in the final group in the third round alongside Jordan Spieth but faltered to a birdie-free five-over-par 77 and followed that up with a one-under-par 71 on Sunday to finish T10.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, he said he was affected by the pressure of trying to achieve the Grand Slam. In May, McIlroy claimed his first victory of the year at his home Irish Open – a tournament hosted by the Rory Foundation. He finished three strokes clear of Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge and subsequently gave the €666,000 winner's cheque to charity. On 5 September, he won the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts (near Boston). He finished two shots clear of Paul Casey.
  • 2015
    Age 25
    As of 2015, Forbes has estimated McIlroy's annual income at US$48.5 million.
    More Details Hide Details PGA Tour playoff record (1–2) 1 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour European Tour playoff record (0–2) ^November 2008, in 2009 season 1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour 1 Co-sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour ^ McIlroy was not a member of the PGA Tour in 2007, 2009 or 2011 so he was not included on the money list. LA = Low amateur DNP = Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10. Results not in chronological order prior to 2015. DNP = Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = tied Yellow background for top-10. Amateur Professional As of 22 June 2015
    McIlroy will file documents to create a new company known as Rory McIlroy Inc with the Companies Registration Office in Carlow in March 2015. The new company, headed by Donal Casey, will manage all the royalty payments from his various endorsements. McIlroy is dating former PGA of America employee, Erica Stoll. In December 2015, it was reported that the couple had become engaged while on vacation in Paris.
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    He injured ankle ligaments in 2015 while playing football with friends which forced him to miss the 2015 Open Championship, but states he won't give up playing: "I’m not going to stop doing what I do.
    More Details Hide Details I enjoy having that normality in my life. I’ve done it since I was a kid and won’t stop.” McIlroy supports the Ulster Rugby team and the Northern Irish football team.
    In March 2015, McIlroy threw a club into the water at the WGC-Cadillac Championship after hitting his ball into the water on the par-5 eighth hole during the second round at Doral.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy subsequently apologized for throwing the club saying "It felt good at the time but now I regret it. Frustration got the better of me."
    In 2015 McIlroy was shortlisted for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy employs the interlocking grip on full shots. He has worked with various professional golfers since he was young, including Darren Clarke, Nick Faldo, and Graeme McDowell. McDowell frequently plays practice rounds at Tour events with McIlroy. McIlroy obtained putting assistance and instruction from Dave Stockton, a retired PGA Tour player who works as a putting instructor. He was first managed by Englishman Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, a former European Tour player who founded International Sports Management (ISM).
    He made his return in the 2015 PGA Championship and made the cut finishing in 17th place.
    More Details Hide Details Going into the final tournament of the European Tour season, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, McIlroy was leading the Race to Dubai standings. However six other players were in contention for the season end prize going into the event, with Danny Willett being the closest challenger. McIlroy posted a score of 21 under to win the tournament by a single stroke from Andy Sullivan. This was his second victory in the lucrative year end tournament and his third Race to Dubai title in four years. Following these successes McIlroy was awarded the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, this was his third win of the award. Chasing his first win of the year, McIlroy took a three-shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, but faltered with a two-over-par 74 to finish two shots behind winner Adam Scott.
    He finished fourth at the 2015 Masters Tournament, his best career Masters finish.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 May, he won the WGC-Cadillac Match Play event held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. This is his second World Golf Championship. In the process becoming only the third player behind Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win 10 PGA tour events and four majors by the age of 25. On 16 May, while playing in the Wells Fargo Championship, McIlroy shot a course-record 61 at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He went on to win the championship for a second time, by 7 strokes with a tournament record score. This was his 2nd win in three straight events. McIlroys tough schedule eventually caught up with him as he missed the cut at his next two events. First at the BMW PGA Championship, he opened with an average one-under-par 71 but faded the next day to a 6-over 78. He claiming mental fatigue got the better of him and not its physical counterpart. The following week at the Irish Open, McIlroy shot a first round 80 to lie 9-over and in a tie for last place. The following day he managed a level-par 71 around Royal County Down which left him 4 shots off the halfway cut. McIlroy stated he had left himself too much to do after a woeful Thursday performance in front of his home Northern Irish fans and at the event he now hosts. He later claimed he was looking forward to a break after 5 tournaments in a row.
  • 2014
    Age 24
    McIlroy is a fan of Premier League football team Manchester United. In his acceptance speech following his 2014 Open Championship win at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy addressed the crowd by joking; "Even though I'm a Man United fan standing here," which saw him booed in jest by arch rival Liverpool fans, before he thanked them for their great support.
    More Details Hide Details McIlory also plays the sport in his spare time.
    On 18 June 2014, McIlroy declared that he would represent Ireland (if he qualifies) at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, where golf will become an Olympic event for the first time since 1904.
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    On 21 May 2014, it was announced that McIlroy had ended the engagement: "The problem is mine.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had." Wozniacki later revealed that McIlroy had ended the relationship through a brief phone call, and had not contacted her since.
    In 2014, McIlroy was also announced as an official ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf.
    More Details Hide Details His great-uncle Joe McIlroy was killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force in a sectarian attack at his east Belfast home in November 1972.
    On 20 July, McIlroy won the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool by two strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio García to capture the third major championship of his career, having led the field throughout the tournament.
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  • 2013
    Age 23
    In February 2013, McIlroy was criticised for withdrawing from the 2013 Honda Classic, citing tooth pain.
    More Details Hide Details Critics claimed that tooth pain was not the issue, and that McIlroy, the world number one at the time, was having difficulty adjusting to new equipment, and that he should have finished the tournament. Regarding his withdrawal, McIlroy stated, "this is one of my favourite tournaments of the year and I regret having to make the decision to withdraw, but it was one I had to make."
    In 2013, McIlroy filmed a Nike commercial with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy has been an ambassador for Jumeirah group since 2007. McIlroy is the namesake for EA Sports' upcoming video game Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, replacing Tiger Woods, who had been the previous namesake for the series from 1998 to 2013. McIlroy was raised Roman Catholic and has self-identified as Irish, Northern Irish, and British. He carries a British passport, although he usually is reluctant to discuss his nationality at length.
    In January 2013 he signed a large endorsement deal with Nike, with wide speculation on its terms.
    More Details Hide Details Initial rumours of a 10-year/$250 million accord ratcheted down to a more likely $100 million deal of an undetermined length.
  • 2012
    Age 22
    McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by a record eight strokes, which was done with a birdie on the final hole.
    More Details Hide Details The record stood since Jack Nicklaus won the 1980 PGA Championship by seven strokes. McIlroy started the final round with a three stroke lead and shot a bogey free 66 to run away from the field. With this win, McIlroy became the youngest multiple major champion since Seve Ballesteros won the 1980 Masters Tournament, and the sixth youngest of all time. The win also helped McIlroy regain the world number one ranking. McIlroy finished the regular season third in the FedEx Cup standings. At The Barclays, the first of four playoff events, he finished in a tie for 24th, dropping him to fourth in the standings. McIlroy won the following week at the Deutsche Bank Championship to take the top spot in the standings. McIlroy entered the final round three strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen and defeated him by one stroke. The win also put McIlroy at the top of the PGA Tour money list. McIlroy's success continued the following week when he won the BMW Championship. He was 40-under par for his two playoff tournament victories. With the win, he became the first European to win four PGA Tour events in a single season and the only person other than Tiger Woods to win four events in a season since 2005.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    McIlroy dated Danish tennis professional Caroline Wozniacki from 2011 to 2014. They became engaged on 31 December 2013.
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    In December 2011, he won the UBS Hong Kong Open by two strokes.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy's first tournament of the year was at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship during the desert swing of the European Tour at the end of January. The tournament was in the spotlight due to its high profile field including Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. McIlroy played alongside Woods and Donald in the marquee group during the first two days. McIlroy shot rounds of 67-72-68 to start round 4 in joint 3rd place behind joint leaders Robert Rock and Tiger Woods. He shot a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish lone second, one stroke behind winner Robert Rock. At the Omega Dubai Desert Classic McIlroy finished tied 5th on 14-under-par, four strokes behind winner Rafael Cabrera-Bello. He continued to play well at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona where he won matches against George Coetzee, Anders Hanson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Bae Sang-moon and Lee Westwood before losing to Hunter Mahan in the final. After 10 holes in the final match, McIlroy was 4 down to Mahan, but cut the deficit to 2 down through 16 holes. The 17th hole was halved with pars, securing the win for Mahan. There was anticipation surrounding the semi-final match between McIlroy and Westwood, as the winner would become the number one golfer in the world if they also won the final. McIlroy's runner-up finish moved him up to number two in the world while also putting him at the top of the Race to Dubai leaderboard.
    On 28 July 2011, after being criticised on air by commentator Jay Townsend about McIlroy's questionable course management skills during the first round of the Irish Open, McIlroy wrote on Twitter telling Townsend to "shut up" and saying Townsend is a "failed golfer" and that "his opinion meant nothing".
    More Details Hide Details Later, McIlroy stood by his comments and stated that his comments were made in defence of his caddie J. P. Fitzgerald whom Townsend had been blaming for McIlroy's course management since 2008.
    On 17 July 2011, following a poor showing over the weekend in the 2011 Open Championship, McIlroy told the media that he was "not a fan of golf tournaments that are predicted so much by the weather," and saying he would rather "wait for a year when the weather is nice" instead of tuning his game to prepare for the Open Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He also added that he would "rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind".
    In May 2011, McIlroy was criticised for skipping The Players Championship.
    More Details Hide Details The skip was controversial because 48 of the top 50 in the world participated in it, the other golfer skipping being Lee Westwood.
    McIlroy left ISM in 2011, with McIlroy joining Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management.
    More Details Hide Details Michael Bannon has been working with McIlroy since October 2012. In May 2009, McIlroy described the Ryder Cup as an "exhibition". McIlroy said: "It's not a huge goal of mine. In the big scheme of things it's not that important an event for me. It's an exhibition at the end of the day." McIlroy went on to say: "Golf is an individual sport. You have individual goals and my goals are to win tournaments for myself." European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie responded by saying that the contest "is not an exhibition and it never will be. It's a very unique, special event." The following year, in 2010, McIlroy said that he regretted his earlier comments and said that the Ryder Cup is "definitely not an exhibition".
    He was awarded the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for the second time, previously winning in 2011, and the BBC Northern Ireland Sport Personality of the Year for the third time after victories in 2011 and 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He also came 2nd in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, behind Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
    His third major title having won the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship, McIlroy became the first European to win three different majors and joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of three golfers since the first Masters Tournament in 1934 to win three majors by the age of 25.
    More Details Hide Details After a week off following his Open victory, McIlroy won his first World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and returned to world number one. Starting the final day three shots behind Sergio García, McIlroy shot a 66 to finish on 15 under par and two strokes clear. The following week, he won the PGA Championship at Valhalla for his fourth major, one shot ahead of runner-up Phil Mickelson. After his victory Jack Nicklaus said: "Rory is an unbelievable talent. I think Rory has an opportunity to win 15 or 20 majors or whatever he wants to do if he wants to keep playing. I love his swing, I love his rhythm, I love his moxie. He's got a little swagger there, it’s a little bit cocky but not offensive." McIlroy's second tournament of the year yielded victory as he won the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic for a second time. With a score of 22-under-par, matching the record set by Stephen Gallacher and Thomas Bjørn. He missed the cut in his first start of the PGA Tour season at the Honda Classic. It was his first missed cut on the PGA Tour since the 2013 Open Championship, a streak of 22 consecutive events.
    He thus duplicated Luke Donald's 2011 feat of winning both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in the same year.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy began 2013 with high aspirations, but mostly did not fare well in early tournaments. Struggling with the equipment change having signed a large endorsement deal with Nike in January, he withdrew from the Honda Classic in February, and finished in two over par and in a tie for 25th place at the 2013 Masters Tournament. McIlroy won the 2013 Emirates Australian Open on the 72nd hole. He beat Australian Adam Scott by one stroke. In January, McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for not taking proper and full relief after driving onto a spectator pathway in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, his first event of the season. He was alerted to his mistake by Scottish caddie Dave Renwick after his round and, after signing for a 70 instead of a 68 to reflect the penalty, he told reporters: "There are many stupid rules in golf and this is one of them." The two-shot penalty ultimately cost him dearly, as he lost the tournament by a single shot.
    He is a four-time major champion, winning the 2011 U.S Open with a tournament record lowest score under par (−16), 2012 PGA Championship with a tournament record eight strokes victory margin, 2014 Open Championship, and 2014 PGA Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods he is one of three players to win three majors by the age of 25. He had a successful amateur career, topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week as a 17-year-old in 2007. Later that year he turned professional and soon established himself on the European Tour. He had his first win on the European Tour in 2009, and on the PGA Tour in 2010. In 2011 at the age of 22, he became the youngest player ever to reach €10 million in career earnings on the European Tour. In 2012, he became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour. McIlroy has represented Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and Ireland as both an amateur and a professional. At the Ryder Cup, he played for Europe against the United States in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, with Europe winning the first three matches. For his individual and team achievements he has twice been named RTÉ Sports Person of the Year, in 2011 and 2014.
  • 2010
    Age 20
    McIlroy later stated that he regretted his 2010 decision to give up his PGA Tour card, and his skipping the 2010 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy's manager Chubby Chandler's aversion to the PGA Tour was cited by McIlroy as one of the main reasons for their later professional split. On 7 April, McIlroy shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 in the first round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia to take the lead after the first day of the four-day competition. At the time, he was the youngest player to lead the Masters Tournament at the close of the first day. On Friday, he shot 69 to lead by two strokes over Jason Day with a 10-under-par score. On Saturday, he shot 70 to finish at 12-under-par, four strokes ahead of four other challengers. However, on the fourth and final day, he shot the worst round in history by any professional golfer leading after the third round of the Masters Tournament. McIlroy scored one-over-par 37 on the first nine, and still had the lead, but shot a round of 80, finishing T15 at 4-under for the tournament.
    On 4 October 2010, McIlroy won a crucial half-point to help Europe regain the Ryder Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Ryder Cup, he announced in November that he would return to play full-time on the European Tour, although he also stated that he would continue to play 11 or 12 tournaments in the US per year. He attributed the decision to having closer friends on the European Tour, his part in the Ryder Cup victory, and wanting to be nearer his girlfriend and family.
    McIlroy missed out on a chance to win the 2010 PGA Championship when he three-putted the 15th green to fall out of a tie for the lead.
    More Details Hide Details His final-hole birdie putt narrowly missed the hole to leave him one stroke out of the playoff between Bubba Watson and eventual winner Martin Kaymer. McIlroy finished tied for third.
    His tied third finish in the 2010 Open Championship sent him to a career high world ranking of seventh.
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    On 15 July 2010, McIlroy confirmed his status as a favourite for the Open title on the Old Course at St Andrews by shooting a 9-under-par 63 on the opening day, the lowest-ever first round score in the 150-year history of the Open Championship, and tying the course record.
    More Details Hide Details He missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th, "The Road Hole", which would have given him the outright record.
    After a two-week break McIlroy returned in the 2010 Honda Classic and finished in a tie for 40th.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 May, McIlroy recorded his first PGA Tour win after shooting 62 in the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship. The round set a new course record, and concluded with six consecutive scores of three. He became the first player since Tiger Woods to win a PGA Tour event prior to his 21st birthday. The win earned him a two-year Tour exemption. On 2 June, McIlroy played in the Memorial Skins Game at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. McIlroy finished tied for 10th place at that same week's Memorial Tournament.
    In the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, McIlroy beat Kevin Na 1-up in the first round and then lost on a playoff hole to Oliver Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details After the Accenture Match Play Championship, McIlroy took time off from golf due to a sore back.
    As defending champion at the 2010 Dubai Desert Classic, McIlroy shot a final round of 73 to finish in a tie for fifth place.
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    McIlroy finished 3rd at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    McIlroy accepted an invitation from Gary Player to participate in the 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, South Africa in December, but withdrew after feeling unwell.
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    In November 2009, McIlroy announced that he would join the American-based PGA Tour for the 2010 season.
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    McIlroy finished 2009 ranked 9th in the world.
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    McIlroy finished the 2009 season ranked second on the Race to Dubai, behind Lee Westwood, and in November he entered the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time.
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    He finished T-3 at the 2009 PGA Championship.
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    McIlroy played in his second major as a professional at the 2009 U.S. Open.
    More Details Hide Details His final round of 68 (−2) helped him finish in a tie for 10th, his first top-10 finish in a major. The following week, McIlroy finished in 15th place at the BMW International Open. McIlroy played in his first Open Championship as a professional in July and finished T-47.
    In April 2009, McIlroy made his first Masters Tournament appearance, his first major championship as a professional.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the tournament tied for 20th place, two strokes under par for the tournament. Of the players to make the cut, McIlroy achieved the third highest average driving distance, beaten only by Dustin Johnson and Andrés Romero. McIlroy played in two more events on the PGA Tour after the Masters Tournament including his first appearance at The Players Championship, where he missed the cut. McIlroy then returned to Europe and recorded two top-25 finishes leading up to his first U.S. Open. He finished fifth at the BMW PGA Championship and 12th at the European Open.
    In the 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, McIlroy reached the quarterfinals.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round he defeated Louis Oosthuizen 2 & 1, in the second round he beat Hunter Mahan 1-up, and in the third round he beat Tim Clark, 4 & 3. He lost to Geoff Ogilvy, who won the tournament, in the quarterfinals 2 & 1. McIlroy continued to play on the PGA Tour until May. He finished tied for 13th at the Honda Classic, tied for 20th at the WGC-CA Championship and tied for 19th at the Shell Houston Open.
    His first professional win came at age 19 when he won the Dubai Desert Classic on 1 February 2009, this win took him to 16th in the world rankings.
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  • 2008
    Age 18
    He finished the 2008 calendar year at 39th in the world rankings after finishing joint 3rd in the South African Open.
    More Details Hide Details This earned him an invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.
    After finishing second in the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2008, McIlroy attained his highest world ranking position of 50.
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    McIlroy finished the Europen Tour season in November 2008 with six top-10 placements and ranked 79th in the World Golf Ranking.
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    On 7 September 2008, McIlroy took a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Omega European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, but finished in a tie for first place with Frenchman Jean-François Lucquin and lost in a play-off.
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    He entered the top 200 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time on 27 January 2008.
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    McIlroy started his 2008 European Tour season at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
    More Details Hide Details He did not make the one-under cut.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    Before his season started, Tiger Woods invited McIlroy to play in the 2007 Target World Challenge, held in December, and the 2008 AT&T National, held in July.
    More Details Hide Details McIlroy declined the invitation, preferring to play the European Open the week of the AT&T National.
    On the 2007 European Tour season, he earned €277,255 and finished in 95th place on the Order of Merit list.
    More Details Hide Details He was the highest ranked associate member.
    McIlroy turned professional on 18 September 2007, the day before the Quinn Direct British Masters.
    More Details Hide Details He signed with International Sports Management. At the Quinn Direct British Masters, McIlroy shot 290 (+2), which put him in a tie for 42nd place. He finished in 3rd place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October. The next week, he secured his card for 2008 by finishing in a tie for 4th place at the Open de Madrid Valle Romano. He became the youngest Affiliate Member in the history of The European Tour to earn a tour card.
    At the 2007 Open Championship, held at Carnoustie, McIlroy was awarded The Silver Medal as the leading amateur.
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    He made the cut on the European Tour for the first time as a 17-year-old at the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic, where he had to forego prize money of over €7,600 due to his amateur status.
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    McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team at the 2007 Walker Cup, held at the Royal County Down Golf Club.
    More Details Hide Details On the first day of the event he was paired with Jonathan Caldwell for morning foursomes, and the match was halved. In the afternoon he faced Billy Horschel in singles, but Horschel won 1 up. On the second day McIlroy and Caldwell lost in morning foursomes by the score of 2 & 1. In the afternoon he faced Horschel in singles again, and this time he won by the score of 1 up. McIlroy's overall record was (1–2–1) in Win-Loss-Tie format. The United States came out victorious by a score of 12½ to 11½. McIlroy made his first appearance in a European Tour event a few days after turning 16, when he took part in the 2005 British Masters.
    On 6 February 2007, he became the second man to top the World Amateur Golf Ranking, though he lost the top spot after just one week.
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    McIlroy shot a bogey-free opening round of 3-under-par 68 at the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie, his first major championship entry.
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  • 2006
    Age 16
    In October 2006, McIlroy represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy, which is the Amateur World Team Championship.
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    In August 2006, he won the European Amateur at Biella Golf Club, near Milan, Italy, with the score of 274.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2004, at age 15, he signed a letter of intent to play collegiate golf at East Tennessee State University, but after his wins in 2005, he decided to forgo the golf scholarship and continue to play amateur golf in Europe.
    He retained the West of Ireland Championship in 2006 and followed that up with back-to-back wins at the Irish Close Championship.
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  • 2005
    Age 15
    In 2005, McIlroy became the youngest-ever winner of both the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship.
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  • 2004
    Age 14
    At the age of 15, McIlroy was a member of Europe's winning 2004 Junior Ryder Cup team; the event was held in Ohio.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Born on May 4, 1989.
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