Rory McIlroy

DATE OF Birth

May 04 1989

COUNTRY
Northern Ireland

HEIGHT

5ft 9 in

TOTAL VICTORIES

18

Rory joined the PGA Tour in 2010 and recorded his first win at the Quail Hollow Championship. He also secured a Ryder Cup spot for the 2010 contest at Celtic Manor and helped Europe regain the Ryder Cup with a crucial half point in his singles match against Stewart Cink.

2015 has been a mixed season by Rory’s standards but it has not been without its highs having started the year with promise, winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and finishing fourth at The Masters to record his second top 10 at Augusta National in his seventh start. In May he went on to win his second World Golf Championship, with a 4&2 victory over Gary Woodland at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play and, in the process, became only the third player behind Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win 10 PGA tour events and four majors by the age of 25.

Just a couple weeks later, he fired a course record 61 en-route to a tournament record score of 21-under par 267 to win the Wells Fargo Championship by seven shots over Patrick Rodgers and Webb Simpson – notching his 11th PGA TOUR title in his 94th TOUR start, also becoming the first repeat winner of the Wells Fargo Championship.

He made a Sunday charge at the U.S. Open, with a 4-under 66. But bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17 derailed his hope for a fifth major championship title. His T9 finish marked his 12th top-10 finish (and fourth consecutive) in 26 major appearances.

Unfortunately he was unable to defend his Open Championship title this summer, due to an ankle injury, but returned for the PGA Championship where he finished in 17th in his first competitive appearance in six weeks. In last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, his 5th appearance, he finished 11th and currently lies in first place on the 2015 Race to Dubai.

Growing up in Northern Ireland with a keen golfing father, Rory gave early evidence of golfing stardom. When he was 15 he was a member of the Junior Ryder Cup European 2004 winning team and a year later became the youngest-ever winner of both the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. As an amateur he made his first appearance in a European Tour event a few days after turning 16, when he took part in the 2005 British Masters and went on to make the cut.

Rory turned Pro in 2007 and went on to finish 3rd at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and became the youngest Affiliate Member in the history of the European Tour to earn a tour card. In 2008, Rory lost in a play-off to Frenchman, Jean-Francois Lucquin, at the Omega European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland but went on to finish the season with six top-10 finishes and closed the year ranked 79th in the world.

In 2009, Rory claimed his first European Tour title at the Dubai Desert Classic and made his first Masters Tournament appearance, finishing tied 20th. By the end of 2009 Rory had amassed 12 top 5 finishes and finished second on the Race to Dubai behind Lee Westwood and entered the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time.

Rory joined the PGA Tour in 2010 and recorded his first win at the Quail Hollow Championship. He also secured a Ryder Cup spot for the 2010 contest at Celtic Manor and helped Europe regain the Ryder Cup with a crucial half point in his singles match against Stewart Cink.

2011 proved to be Rory’s breakthrough in the Major Championships as he experienced the highs and lows of being at the top of the world of golf. In April he experienced the heartache of losing a four shot lead at The Masters by closing with a final round of 80 to finish tied 15th but came back in June to follow in the footsteps of his good friend and fellow Northern Irishmen, Graeme McDowell, winner in 2010, to win the 2011 U.S. Open by eight strokes at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland. In the process he broke several records including the lowest aggregate score of 16-under par, youngest winner of the Championship and the fastest golfer to reach double digits under par when he got to 10 under par in just 26 holes.

2012 would prove to be similar story for Rory as he won the PGA Championship by a record breaking eight strokes in August and recorded back-to-back PGA Tour wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship in September. His victory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, on the European Tour, led to him winning both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in the same year, a feat that was first achieved by Luke Donald the previous season.

2014 saw Rory regain his number one ranking and win on four occasions including the European Tour’s flagship event, The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Open Championship, the PGA Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.