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Name: - Rory McIlroy
Country: - Northern Ireland
Born : - May 4, 1989 in Holywood, Co. Down, N. Ireland.
Original Home/Club: - Holywood, Co. Down, N. Ireland.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2007 (hcp +6)
Web Address: - http://www.rorymcilroy.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - Nike

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (4): The Open (2014); US Open (2011); US PGA Ch'ship (2012, '14). Ryder Cup player (2010, '12, '14, '16, '18). Walker Cup player (2007). Multiple wins on the European, US PGA and other international tours. European Tour Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) winner (2012, '14, '15) and US PGA Tour leading money winner (2012, '14). FedEx Cup Champion (2016). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer. Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (2012).


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Rory McIlroy, like Tiger Woods, was a prodigious golfing talent from a very young age. After an illustrious amateur career he turned professional aged 18, becoming the youngest European Tour player to reach €10 million in career earnings. He subsequently became the youngest player to reach $10 million in earnings on the PGA Tour. In 2013 he signed a 10-year sponsorship deal with Nike worth a total of $250 million.

By 2014 McIlroy was already etching his name into the pantheon of the golfing greats. This was his most successful year (to date), with wins in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, two major championship titles and his first WGC win. As he'd done in 2012, he also topped the season-long money lists on both the European and US PGA Tours.

In winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool at the age of 25 yrs and 77 days, he became the third youngest golfer to achieve three legs of the Grand Slam (of all four major championships). Only Jack Nicklaus (23 yrs, 181 days) and Tiger Woods (24 yrs, 181 days) achieved this feat at a younger age.

From 2016 and onward, what will no doubt feature high on McIlroy's target list will be winning The Masters (for the Grand Slam) as well as adding to his major championship wins, competing in more Ryder Cups, becoming the FedEx Cup champion (which he did in 2016) and re-establishing himself as the world's No.1 golfer.


Top tournaments won by Rory McIlroy

2018Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club270 (-18)$1,602,000
Played as the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (March 15-18). Second-placed Bryson DeChambeau (USA) finished 3 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), whose final round 8-under-par 64 brought his 14th PGA Tour win. [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
2016Men AmericaDell Tech ChampionshipTPC Boston269 (-15)$1,530,000
Played as the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept 2-5; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Paul Casey (Eng) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who claimed his second win in four years in this event. [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].
2016Men AwardsFedExCup - PGA Tr3,120 pts$10 million
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the PGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture the FedExCup and $10 million bonus. Dustin Johnson (USA) was second with 2,380 pts; Patrick Reed (USA) was third with 1,986 pts. The Cup is awarded based on points earned during the regular PGA Tour season and in the four playoff events.
2016Men EuropeIrish OpenK Club276 (-12)€666,660
Played as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. Second-placed Bradley Dredge (Wales) and Russell Knox (Scot) finished 3 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who claimed his first win in the Irish Open. [Palmer Course, K Club, Straffan, nr Dublin].
2016Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)East Lake GC268 (-12)$1,530,000
Played as the Tour Championship (Sept 22-25; last of four FedExCup playoff events). McIlroy (N.Ire) beat Ryan Moore (USA) with a 14-ft birdie putt at the fourth playoff hole (par-4 16th). Kevin Chappell (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). McIlroy gained sufficient points to win the season-long competition for the FedEx Cup. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
2015Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC266 (-22)€378,778
Played as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 29-Feb 1; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Alex Norén (Swe) finished 3 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
2015Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.28n/a
For the second straight year McIlroy (N.Ire) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Justin Rose (Eng) was second with 69.56; Branden Grace (RSA) was third with 69.58.
2015Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.28n/a
For the second straight year McIlroy (N.Ire) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Justin Rose (Eng) was second with 69.56; Branden Grace (RSA) was third with 69.58.
2015Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr4,727,253 ptssee Score
McIlroy (N.Ire) claimed his third, and second straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2015 Race to Dubai winner (based on his season-long points tally; points equate to euros won, with Eurpn Tr winnings paid in $ or £ converted to euros). McIlroy (4,727,253 pts) also won a Race to Dubai winner's bonus of US$1,250,000 and final series bonus of US$625,000. Second was Danny Willett (Eng) with 3,670,310 pts plus bonuses of $1,000,000; third was Branden Grace (RSA) with 3,056,948 plus bonuses of $662,500.
2015Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) won his third (and second straight) European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour and golfing media.
2015Men EuropeTour Championship (Eurpn Tr)Jumeirah - Earth267 (-21)€1,230,792
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 19-22; Eurpn Tr season-ending event; conclusion of Race to Dubai). Second-placed Andy Sullivan (Eng) finished 1 shot behind McIlroy (N.Ire), whose win gave him enough points to also win the 2015 season-long Race to Dubai. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
2015Men AmericaWells Fargo Ch'shipQuail Hollow Club267 (-21)$1,278,000
Played as the Wells Fargo Championship (May 14-17). Second-placed Patrick Rodgers (USA) and Webb Simpson (USA) finished 7 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
2015Men WGCWGC - Match PlayHarding Park4 & 2$1,570,000
Played as the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship (Apr 29-May 3). McIlroy (N.Ire) beat Gary Woodland (USA) 4 and 2 in the 18-hole final to win the Walter Hagen Cup. [TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA].
2014Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club274 (-14)€791,660
Played as the BMW PGA Championship. Second-placed Shane Lowry (Ire) finished 1 shot behind McIlroy (N. Ire). McIlroy started the final day 7 shots off the lead and shot a 66 to win this prestigious title for the first time. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
2014Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.24n/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Prom Meesawat (Thai) was second with 69.38; Henrik Stenson (Swe) was third with 69.79.
2014Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am68.82n/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won his second PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Sergio Garcia (Esp) was second with 68.95; Jim Furyk (USA) was third with 69.20.
2014Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr68.83n/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won his second PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Sergio Garcia (Esp) was second with 68.95; Jim Furyk (USA) was third with 69.20.
2014Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$8,280,096see Score
McIlroy (N. Ire) won his second Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 2014 leading money winner, with earnings of $8,280,096 on the Tour. Bubba Watson (USA) was second with $6,336,978; Jim Furyk (USA) was third with $5,987,395.
2014Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr€7,149,503see Score
McIlroy (N.Ire) won his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2014 Race to Dubai winner (based on his season-long European Tour earnings denominated in euros). McIlroy finished the season with European Tour earnings of €7,149,503, which included his Race to Dubai winner's bonus of $1,250,000. Second was Henrik Stenson (Swe) with earnings of €4,981,093, includes bonus of $800,000; third was Justin Rose (Eng) with €3,180,388, includes bonus of $530,000. As he did in 2012, McIlroy topped both the US PGA Tour and European Tour money-lists in 2014.
2014Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) won his second European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
2014Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Am160 ptsn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won his second PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money list position and scoring average). McIlroy accumulated 160 pts; Bubba Watson (USA) was second with 62 pts; Martin Kaymer (Ger) was third with 52 pts.
2014Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA Trxn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won his second Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
2014Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the European Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2014Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Liverpool271 (-17)£975,000
The Open Championship (143rd) (July 17-20). Second-placed Sergio Garcia (Esp) and Rickie Fowler (USA) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire). McIlroy (25 yrs and 77 days) became the third youngest golfer to achieve the third leg of the modern Grand Slam (i.e. wins in three of the four major championships). Jack Nicklaus achieved this feat aged 23 yrs and 181 days, while Tiger Woods did it aged 24 yrs and 171 days. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
2014Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipValhalla268 (-16)$1,800,000
The US PGA Championship (96th) (Aug 7-10). Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) finished 1 shot behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who recorded back-to-back major championship wins. At 25 yrs and 98 days McIlroy became the fourth youngest player to win four major championship titles, behind Young Tom Morris (21 yrs), Tiger Woods (24) and Jack Nicklaus (25). [Valhalla GC, Louisville, Kentucky].
2014Men WGCWGC - InvitationalFirestone CC265 (-15)$1,530,000
Played as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Jul 31-Aug 3). Second-placed Sergo Garcia (Esp) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy (N. Ire), who recorded his first win in a WGC event. McIlroy's win allowed him to regain the No.1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
2013Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Sydney270 (-18)A$225,000
Played as the Emirates Australian Open (Nov 28-Dec 1; Aus/OneAsia Trs event). Second-placed Adam Scott (Aus) finished 1 shot behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who recorded his first win in 2013. Scott narrowly missed-out on completing the "Australian treble," having already won the Australian PGA and Australian Masters in 2013. [Royal Sydney GC, Sydney, Australia].
2012Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Crooked Stick268 (-20)$1,440,000
Played as the BMW Championship (the third of four FedEx Cup playoff events). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) and Phil Mickelson (USA) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy (N. Ire), who claimed his second straight FedEx Cup playoff win. [Crooked Stick GC, Carmel, Ind.].
2012Men AmericaDell Tech ChampionshipTPC Boston264 (-20)$1,440,000
Played as the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug 31-Sep 3; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) finished 1 shot behind McIlroy (N.Ire). [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].
2012Men AmericaHonda ClassicPGA National268 (-12)$1,026,000
Played as the Honda Classic (March 1-4). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) and Tom Gillis (USA) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy, whose win took him to the World No.1 spot for the first time. McIlroy replaced Luke Donald (Eng), who had been World No.1 for 40 weeks. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
2012Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am68.87n/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Jim Furyk (USA) was second with 69.30; Jason Dufner (USA) was third with 69.45. Tiger Woods (USA) averaged 68.90, but became ineligible for the Trophy after withdrawing from the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
2012Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr68.87n/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Tiger Woods (USA) was second with 68.90; Jim Furyk (USA) was third with 69.30.
2012Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$8,047,952see Score
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 2012 leading money winner, with earnings of $8,047,952. Tiger Woods (USA) was second with $6,133,158; Brandt Snedeker (USA) was third with $4,989,739. McIlroy became the second player to top the US and European money-lists in the same season (just a year earlier, Luke Donald was the first golfer ever to achieve this feat).
2012Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr€5,519,118see Score
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2012 Race to Dubai winner. McIlroy finished the season with European Tour earnings of €5,519,118, which included his Race to Dubai winner's bonus of $1,000,000. Justin Rose (Eng) was second with €3,768,345; Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) was third with €3,187,364. McIlroy became the second golfer (after Luke Donald in 2011) to top the end-of-season money-lists on both the European and US PGA Tours.
2012Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
2012Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Am100 ptsn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average). McIlroy accumulated 100 pts; Tiger Woods (USA) was second with 66 pts; Jason Dufner (USA) was third with 50 pts.
2012Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA Trxn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
2012Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) won the European Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2012Men EuropeTour Championship (Eurpn Tr)Jumeirah - Earth265 (-23)€1,041,429
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 22-25; European Tr season-ending event and conclusion of Race to Dubai). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who finished top of the 2012 Race to Dubai (European Tour's Order of Merit). McIlroy had already secured the No.1 spot on the US PGA Tour Money List. Topping both money lists was something first achieved by Luke Donald in 2011. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
2012Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipKiawah Island275 (-13)$1,445,000
The US PGA Championship (94th) (Aug 9-12). Second-placed David Lynn (Eng) finished 8 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who claimed his second major championship title. [The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC].
2011Men AsiaBMW MastersLake Malaren270 (-18)US$2,000,000
Played as the inaugural Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters (30-player invitational event, not sanctioned by the world's leading Tours; renamed the BMW Masters as a Eurpn Tr event in 2012). McIlroy (N.Ire) beat Anthony Kim (USA) in a playoff, to win the biggest single-tournament prize in golf in 2011. [Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China].
2011Men AsiaHong Kong OpenHong Kong GC268 (-12)US$458,330
Played as the UBS Hong Kong Open (Dec 1-4; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Gregory Havret (Fra) finished 2 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire). [Championship Composite course, Hong Kong GC, Fanling].
2011Men MajorsUS OpenCongressional CC268 (-16)$1,440,000
The US Open (111th) (June 16-19). Second-placed Jason Day (Aus) finished 8 shots behind wire-to-wire and first-time major championship winner McIlroy (N.Ire). 22-year-old McIlroy recorded the lowest final score against par in a US Open (16-under; he was 17-under at one point), and became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].
2010Men AmericaWells Fargo Ch'shipQuail Hollow Club273 (-15)$1,152,000
Played as the Quail Hollow Championship (Apr 29-May 2). Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) finished 4 shots behind McIlroy (N.Ire), who shot a 10-under-par course-record 62 in the final round to claim his first PGA Tour win. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
2009Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC269 (-19)€323,514
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 29-Feb 1; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng) finished 1 shot behind 19-year-old McIlroy (N.Ire), who recorded his first professional win and first European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
2009Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.51n/a
McIlroy (N.Ire) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Sergio Garcia (Esp) was second with 69.83; Francesco Molinari (Italy) was third with 69.85.
2006Men AmateurEuropean AmateurBiella274amateur
Played as the European Amateur Championship. Second-placed Stephen Lewton (Eng) finished 3 shots behind 17-year-old McIlroy (N.Ire). [La Betulle course, GC Biella, Magnano, nr Biella, Italy].

 

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