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Born: Thu,May 4,1989 - Holywood, No. Ireland
Age: 31y 11m 17d, Nationality: NIR
Height: 5' 10, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Holywood, Northern Ireland
Turned Pro: 2007, Joined PGA Tour: 2010, Joined European Tour: 2008
McIlroy claimed his third major title at Royal Liverpool at the 2014 British Open and then, weeks later, his fourth in the PGA Championship at Valhalla. At Hoylake, he finished two strokes better than Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. Led wire-to-wire en route to his victory and was just the seventh player to achieve a British Open victory in such fashion. Began the final round with a six-stroke lead, and following a one-under 71, edged a hard-charging Sergio Garcia by two strokes. With the win, McIlroy became the seventh-youngest player to win his first three major championship titles, and the youngest to win the British Open since Tiger Woods in 2000. He also became the first European to win three different majors and joined Woods and Jack Nicklaus as one of three golfers since the first Masters in 1934 to win three majors by age 25.
At the 2014 PGA Championship, McIlroy posted four rounds in the 60s (66-67-67-68) at Valhalla G.C., taking two putts from 34 feet to par the 72nd hole and win by one shot over Phil Mickelson. His fourth major championship capped a streak of three consecutive victories, making him the first player to perform the feat since Woods won five consecutive starts at the conclusion of 2007 and beginning of 2008.
His big run at the majors started at the 2011 U.S. Open by winning at Congressional Country Club with the lowest score in that championship's 115-year history, 16-under-par 268. The Northern Irishman fired a 65 to lead after the first round, and he stayed way out in front over the next three rounds, producing an eight-stroke win over runner-up Jason Day. The victory came just two months after he was agonizingly close to winning his first major at the Masters. At Augusta National, he took a four-stroke lead into the final round, only to shoot 80 and finish 10 strokes behind champion Charl Schwartzel.
McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by a record eight strokes, which was achieved with a birdie at the final hole. The record had stood since Nicklaus won the 1980 PGA Championship by seven. 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 champions since Seve Ballesteros won the 1980 Masters and the sixth youngest of all time. The win also helped McIlroy regain the world No. 1 ranking.
He was born in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, the first and only child of Gerry and Rosie McIlroy. He attended St. Patrick's Primary School and then Sullivan Upper School. Introduced to golf at age 2 by his father, who coached him. Gerry, a fine golfer, once played at a scratch handicap level. Young Rory gave early evidence of his golf potential by hitting a 40-yard drive at age 2. He asked his father virtually every day to take him to the golf course. Family lore relates that he received a new golf club as a present, was shown the correct grip by his father, then took the club to bed with him that night, with his hands holding the grip properly. McIlroy's father held down several jobs to earn additional income for his son's golf development. His mother worked extra shifts at the local 3M plant.
McIlroy enjoyed a glittering amateur career, during which he reached the top of the World Amateur Ranking and became the youngest winner of the prestigious West of Ireland and Irish Closed Championship in 2005. Came to worldwide attention for the first time with a superb opening 68 at the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie, the only bogey-free round of the day, and finished 3rd in his second event as a professional, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. That performance provided enough prize money to assure his place in the top 115 to become the then-youngest and quickest affiliate member to secure his card in just two events. Represented Europe at the 2004 Junior Ryder Cup and elevated his game to the big time in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort in October 2010, where he won two points out of four, including a crucial half in singles against Stewart Cink on the final day.
He lived up to his reputation as one of the game's most exciting young players in 2010 when he was in contention at two major championships and clinched his first PGA Tour title. Enjoyed a fine finish to rank 13th in the Race to Dubai, not quite managing the heights of the season before when he finished 2nd, narrowly missing out on becoming the youngest player to win the Harry Vardon Trophy since Seve Ballesteros in 1976. However, he won the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship in the U.S., thanks to a final-round 62 to defeat Phil Mickelson by four shots. Also finished T-3rd at both the British Open and PGA Championship. His opening 63 at St. Andrews was the lowest first-round score in the history of the tournament.
Joined the PGA Tour in 2010, dropped membership in 2011, but rejoined in 2012. Had a rapid rise up the world rankings. After his first professional start in 2007, he was 308th. Reached the top-100 on Oct. 19, 2008. Climbed into the top 50 with his T-2nd finish at the 2008 Hong Kong Open. Moved into the top 20 when he won the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, and at the end of that year, arrived among the top-10 with a 3rd at the Dubai World. His win at the 2012 Honda Classic moved him into the No. 1 spot, then he lost it to Luke Donald before retaking it for the rest of the year following his PGA Championship victory.
Played on the 2007 GB&I Walker Cup Team and a member of 2010, '12, '14, '16, and '18 Ryder Cup teams.
2010 Notes: His rookie season on the PGA Tour was highlighted by a final-round 62 at the Quail Hollow Championship en route to his first Tour victory. Posted T-3rd finishes at the British Open and PGA Championship and was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team. Finished 1-1-2 in his first Ryder Cup appearance and earned a crucial half-point when he halved his singles match with Stewart Cink in the European team's win. Gave up his PGA Tour membership for 2011.
2011 Notes: Won his first major in record-setting fashion by eight shots at the U.S. Open at Congressional C.C. At 22 years, 1 month, 15 days, he was the ninth-youngest winner of the U.S. Open and the youngest since Bobby Jones in 1923. He was the first player in U.S. Open history to get to double-digits under par in the first two rounds, and on the weekend, the first to reach 13 under, 14 under, 15 under, 16 under, and 17 under par before finishing 16 under. Rejoined the PGA Tour for 2012.
2012 Notes: Won the Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank, and BMW Championships in the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs, along with the DP World Tour Championship. He finished 1st in the Race to Dubai and also won the money race on the PGA Tour, as he finished 2nd in the FedExCup standings. In 24 starts around the world, he won five times, was runner-up four times, and had 13 top-5 results. Finished 3-2 for the European team at the Ryder Cup, including a win over Keegan Bradley in their singles match.
2013 Notes: Stumbled a bit the first half of the year, but won in November at the Australian Open. Played 25 events around the world and finished in the top-10 nine times, including runner-up results at the Valero Texas Open and Kolon Korean Open. Finished 50th in the FedExCup race, 41st on the PGA Tour money list, and 35th in the Race to Dubai.
2014 Notes: Won the Race to Dubai and was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the second time (also won in 2012). He took home the Byron Nelson Award and Vardon Trophy for Adjusted Scoring Average (68.827), as well as the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner ($8,280,096). Finished 3rd in the FedExCup standings. His three victories ran his career PGA Tour total to nine, and he won two majors, the British Open and PGA Championship. He had two runner-up finishes, including the Tour Championship. He also won the European Tour's flagship BMW PGA Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone. At the Ryder Cup, he earned three points with a 2-1-2 record.
2015 Notes: In January, was named the 2014 Golf Writers Association of America Player of the Year. At the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, he made a late run at victory, shooting a 6-under 66 on the final day to finish 2nd. Two weeks later, turned in four under-par rounds at Emirates G.C. to capture the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Opened 66-64-66 and maintained a four-stroke lead over Morten Orum Madsen through 54 holes. He was never really threatened during his final 18 holes, making only one bogey against three birdies. Won his fifth European Tour title and his second Dubai Desert Classic to go with his 2009 title. With a final-round 66, finished T-4th at the Masters. In his next three starts, won the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, finished T-8th at The Players Championship, and won the Wells Fargo Championship. After the win, McIlroy missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship and Irish Open. Was T-9th at the U.S. Open and lost his No. 1 world ranking to Jordan Spieth. Three weeks later, on Saturday July 4th, he suffered a ruptured ligament in his left ankle during a soccer kickabout with friends. With the injury, he was unable to defend his British Open title, making him the first player since Ben Hogan in 1954 not to defend in the major. He also was the first player not to defend a major championship since the death of Payne Stewart in 1999 excluded his opportunity to defend his U.S. Open title in 2000. Returned to play at the PGA Championship but finished T-17th. Played in the last three FedExCup events, where his best finish was T-4th at the BMW Championship. Placed 15th in the FedExCup standings and 7th on the money list. On the European Tour, he ended the year by winning the DP World Tour Championship and placed 1st in the Race to Dubai. Was named 2015 European Tour Golfer of the Year for the third time in four years.
2016 Notes: Finished T-3rd in his first start at Abu Dhabi, then T-6th at the Dubai Desert Classic. Led going into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, shot a final-round 74 and finished T-3rd, two shots behind winner Adam Scott. In defense of his WGC-Dell Match Play title, McIlroy reached the semifinals, where he was defeated by Jason Day, 1 up. Lost the consolation match to Rafael Cabrera Bello, 2 and 1. Finished T-10th at the Masters, then T-4th at the Wells Fargo. After finishing T-12th at The Players Championship, he won for the first time in 2016 at the Irish Open. Followed that victory with a T-4th at The Memorial. Missed the cut at the U.S. Open and was 3rd at the French Open and T-5th at the British Open. McIlroy missed the cut at the PGA Championship, but in the FedExCup Playoffs finished T-31st at The Barclays, won the Deutsche Bank, T-42nd at the BMW Championship, and found himself in a playoff at the Tour Championship with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell. If he lost, Dustin Johnson would have won the FedExCup, but McIlroy made birdie at the fourth extra hole to defeat Moore. It was the first time that McIlroy had won the FedExCup. His previous best was 2nd in 2012. Making his fourth start at the Ryder Cup, he went 3-2 in his five matches in the European team's 17-11 loss to the United States at Hazeltine. His week ended with a 1-down loss to Patrick Reed in the opening singles match on Sunday. Played two European events in the fall, finishing T-4th at the WGC-HSBC Champions and T-9th at the DP World Tour Dubai. Was 5th in the Race to Dubai.
2017 Notes: Started the year by losing a playoff to Graeme Storm at the BMW South African Open in mid-January. He played through pain in Johannesburg by taking anti-inflammatory medicines and having his back taped. Withdrew from the following week's Abu Dhabi Championship following a scan that showed a stress fracture in one of his ribs. Rested the injury for seven weeks before returning to competition at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He climbed into the solo lead with rounds of 68-65 before weekend scores of 70-71 led to a T-7th finish. Two weeks later, he played at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and finished T-4th, advancing him to 2nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. Finished T-7th at the Masters. Thirteen days after the Masters on April 22nd, he married Erica Stoll in a star-studded ceremony at Ashford Castle in Ireland. McIlroy returned at the Players Championship and finished T-35th, but after that withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship and The Memorial, citing the lingering rib injury. Teed it up in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills but missed the cut. Also missed the cut at the Irish Open and the Scottish Open, but was able to finish with a final-round 67 to climb into a T-4th at the British Open. A couple of days later, he fired his caddie of nine years, J.P. Fitzgerald, and for the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship, replaced Fitzgerald with his best friend, Harry Diamond. Fitzgerald was on the bag for all of Rory's four major championship victories. With Diamond as caddie, he finished T-5th at the WGC-Bridgestone. Played in three FedExCup playoff events and ended the PGA Tour season 58th in the standings. He returned to Europe and was 2nd in the British Masters and T-63rd at the Alfred Dunhill Links. He decided to take the rest of the year off (three-and-a-half-months), feeling he needed the rest to fully recover from his rib problem. He ended the European Tour 13th in the Race to Dubai.
2018 Notes: Returned to action, saying he was feeling great with no rib problems. In his first start back, he finished T-3rd at Abu Dhabi, and the next week was 2nd at the Dubai Desert Classic, one shot behind winner Haotong Li. Flew to America to play on the PGA Tour, and in four starts, he missed two cuts. His best finish was T-20th at the Genesis Open. On the Monday before the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he talked with Brad Faxon, who gave him some thoughts on putting. McIlroy used those keys to have his best putting week on the PGA Tour, taking a career-low 100 putts to win the Palmer by three shots over Bryson DeChambeau. McIlroy birdied five of his last six holes on the way to a bogey-free 64. The next week at the WGC-Dell Match Play, an event he won in 2015, he lost two of his three matches and didn't advance out of group play. At the Masters, he was in the final pairing with Patrick Reed and shot 74, finishing six shots back for a T-5th result. Placed 2nd at the BMW PGA Championship, two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Was T-8th at The Memorial but missed the cut at both the Players Championship and U.S. Open, his third consecutive missed cut at a U.S. Open. Bounced back at the British Open, where he finished T-2nd, two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Shot a final-round 73 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to finish T-6th. In the FedExCup Playoffs, he finished T-12th at the Dell Technologies Championship, 5th at the BMW Championship, and T-7th at the Tour Championship. Ranked 13th in the final FedExCup standings. Made his fifth consecutive Ryder Cup and went 2-3-0. Lost to Justin Thomas in the singles, 1 up. Ended the year on the European Tour with a T-21st at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and T-20th at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Ranked 7th in the Race to Dubai.
2019 Notes: Played in 19 PGA Tour events making 17 cuts with 14 top-ten finishes. Was first in the FedExCup standings, the second time he has won the FedExCup. He was also the 2019 PGA Tour Player-of-the-Year. Starting the year was not out of the top-10 in first seven events until his T-21st at the Masters. Was T-4th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, T-5th at the Farmers Insurance Open, T-4th at the Genesis Open. Was runner-up at the WGC-Mexico Championship after taking the first-round lead with a 63. Despite his 16-under-par total, he couldn't come close to Dustin Johnson's winning 21-under score. Was T-6th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he shot a final-round 72 to finish four behind winner Francesco Molinari. Won The Players Championship with a final-round 70, a shot better than Jim Furyk. Became the third player to win The Players Championship, a major championship, the FedExCup, and a World Golf Championships event. The win was his 15th on the PGA Tour at the age of 29 years, 10 months, 14 days. AT the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, went undefeated in three group-play matches to advance to the Round of 16, where he met Tiger Woods for the first time in match play. Lost to Woods, 2 and 1, to finish T-9th. Went into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship two shots off the lead, shot 73, and finished T-8th. Shot 69-69 over the weekend to finish T-8th at the PGA Championship. Playing in the RBC Canadian Open for the first time, McIlroy shot 64-61 to lap the field and win by 7 shots over Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson, and it would be McIlroy's 16th win on the PGA Tour. Was T-9th at the U.S. Open. Surprised the world by shooting 79 in the first round at the British Open in Northern Ireland at Portrush and missed the cut. Was T-4th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, five back of winner Brooks Koepka. Entered the FedExCup playoffs in 2nd place behind Brooks Koepka. With his T-6th at the Northern Trust, four shots back of Patrick Reed, he fell to 3rd in the FedExCup race. With his T-19th at the BMW Championship, he fell back to 5th place. But with rounds of 66-67-68-66 at the Tour Championship, he was able to make up the five-shot deficit Justin Thomas had on him and cruise to a four-stroke shot win over Xander Schauffele. He then put his attention on the European Tour, for the year, he played in 13 European Tour events, making the cut in 12 of them, and was 6th in the Race to Dubai. He was T-2nd at the Omega European Masters, where he lost to Sebastian Soderberg in a five-man playoff. Was T-9th at the BMW PGA Championship and T-26th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Won the WGC-HSBC title, which was part of the 2019 European season and 2020 PGA Tour season. He defeated defending champion Xander Schauffele in a playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole. Marked his third career WGC victory. Ended his 2019 European season with a 4th-place finish at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
2020 Notes: Played in 15 PGA Tour events, making 15 cuts with seven top-seven finishes. Was T-8th in the FedExCup standings. For the first time ever, didn't make a single start in Europe for the season. On the PGA Tour, started with a T-3rd at the Zozo Championship, six strokes behind Tiger Woods. Next week, won the WGC-HSBC in China, his 18th PGA Tour title. Was T-3rd at the Farmers Insurance Open, three strokes behind winner Marc Leishman. Shot a final-round 73 at the Genesis Invitational to finish T-5th, three strokes behind winner Adam Scott. Was 5th at the WGC-Mexico Championship, four strokes behind winner Patrick Reed. In his final start before the break, with a final-round 76, was T-5th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, four strokes behind winner Tyrrell Hatton. After the break, his best finish was T-11th at the Travelers Championship. In the FedExCup playoffs, finished T-65th at the Northern Trust and T-12th at the BMW Championship. During the BMW, McIlroy announced that his wife was pregnant, and the Monday after, August 31st, wife Erica had a baby girl they named Poppy Kennedy McIlroy. He played at the Tour Championship and shot 64-71-70-67 to finish T-8th.
2021 Notes: Finished T-8th at the U.S. Open. After a first-round 75 at the Masters, shot 68-67-69 to finish T-5th nine shots back of winner Dustin Johnson (who was 10 shots better than McIlroy after a first-round 65). Was T-6th at the WGC-Workday Championship at the Concession six shots back of winner Collin Morikawa. After a first-round 66 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational, shot 71-72-76 to finish T-10th, eight shots back of the winner Bryson DeChambeau. After missing the cut at the Players Championship by ten shots, McIlroy said that he was turning to Pete Cowen to help fix his swing problems that developed during speed training drills in the fall (to try and add more distance after Bryson DeChambeau's dominant U.S. Open victory) but had not parted company with Michael Bannon.
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