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RORY MCILROY, MBE (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours . He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks. He is a four-time major champion , winning the 2011 U.S Open , (setting a tournament record score of −16), 2012 PGA Championship (with a tournament record margin of victory (8 strokes)), 2014 Open Championship , and 2014 PGA Championship . Along with Jack Nicklaus , Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
and Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth
he is one of four 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 "> Rory and father Gerry McIlroy in May 2013

He was introduced to golf at an exceptionally young age by his father, who coached him. Gerry McIlroy is a fine golfer himself, who once played at a scratch handicap level. He asked his father virtually every day to take him to Holywood
Holywood
Golf course. Family lore relates that he received a new golf club as a present, being shown the correct grip by his father, then taking the club to bed with him that night, with his hands holding the club properly. McIlroy joined Holywood
Holywood
Golf Club and became the youngest member at the club. A video on golf technique produced by champion Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo
was his early favourite.

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's first significant international victory came in the World Championship for the 9–10 age group bracket at the Doral Golf Resort the event was held in Ohio
Ohio
. In 2005, McIlroy became the youngest-ever winner of both the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. He retained the West of Ireland Championship in 2006 and followed that up with back-to-back wins at the Irish Close Championship. In August 2006, he won the European Amateur at Biella Golf Club, near Milan
Milan
, Italy, with the score of 274.

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. McIlroy shot a bogey-free opening round of 3-under-par 68 at the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie , his first major championship entry. He shot +5 overall and was the highest finishing amateur, winning the silver medal.

In July 2005, at age 16, McIlroy shot a new competitive course record score of 61 on the Dunluce links of Royal Portrush Golf Club
Royal Portrush Golf Club
. In October 2006, McIlroy represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy , which is the Amateur World Team Championship. 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.

McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team at the 2007 Walker Cup , held at the Royal County Down Golf Club . 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
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
British Masters
. 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. At the 2007 Open Championship , held at Carnoustie , McIlroy was awarded The Silver Medal as the leading amateur.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2007

McIlroy turned professional on 18 September 2007, the day before the Quinn Direct British Masters
British Masters
. He signed with International Sports Management . At the Quinn Direct British Masters
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. On the 2007 European Tour season, he earned €277,255 and finished in 95th place on the Order of Merit list. He was the highest ranked associate member.

2008

Before his season started, Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
invited McIlroy to play in the 2007 Target World Challenge , held in December, and the 2008 AT&T National , held in July. McIlroy declined the invitation, preferring to play the European Open the week of the AT&T National.

McIlroy started his 2008 European Tour season at the UBS Hong Kong Open . He did not make the one-under cut. He entered the top 200 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time on 27 January 2008. 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.

McIlroy finished the European Tour season in November 2008 with six top-10 placements and ranked 79th in the World Golf Ranking.

2009

After finishing second in the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2008, McIlroy attained his highest world ranking position of 50. He finished the 2008 calendar year at 39th in the world rankings after finishing joint 3rd in the South African Open . This earned him an invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament . 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.

In the 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship , McIlroy reached the quarterfinals. In the first round he defeated Louis Oosthuizen 2 & 1, in the second round he beat Hunter Mahan
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 "> McIlroy during a practice round of the 2010 PGA Championship .

McIlroy finished 3rd at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship . As defending champion at the 2010 Dubai Desert Classic , McIlroy shot a final round of 73 to finish in a tie for fifth place.

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 . After the Accenture Match Play Championship, McIlroy took time off from golf due to a sore back. After a two-week break McIlroy returned in the 2010 Honda Classic and finished in a tie for 40th.

On 2 May, McIlroy recorded his first PGA Tour
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
Tiger Woods
to win a PGA Tour
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
Ohio
. McIlroy finished tied for 10th place at that same week's Memorial Tournament.

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. He missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th, "The Road Hole", which would have given him the outright record. His tied third finish in the 2010 Open Championship
Open Championship
sent him to a career high world ranking of seventh.

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. 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. On 4 October 2010, McIlroy won a crucial half-point to help Europe
Europe
regain the Ryder Cup .

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 later stated that he regretted his 2010 decision to give up his PGA Tour
PGA Tour
card, and his skipping the 2010 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. 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.

2011

McIlroy in June 2011 at the Memorial Tournament

2011 Masters: Final Round Collapse

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.

McIlroy failed to make the cut in his title defense at Quail Hollow in early May, was well off the pace at the BMW PGA Championship . He held the 18 hole lead at the Memorial Tournament but finished in 5th place.

2011 U.S. Open Win

McIlroy won the U.S. Open held at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland on 19 June winning by eight strokes over Jason Day . McIlroy set several records in his victory, most notably, his 72-hole aggregate score of 268 (16-under) was a new U.S. Open record. The 268 aggregate beat the previous record of 272 held by Jack Nicklaus (Baltusrol , 1980), Lee Janzen (Baltusrol, 1993), Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
(Pebble Beach , 2000), and Jim Furyk (Olympia Fields , 2003). The 16-under in relation to par beat Tiger Woods' 12 under at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2000. He became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923 . The victory lifted McIlroy's position in the Official World Golf Ranking to a then career high of number four.

In preparation for the U.S. Open, McIlroy practised at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey
New Jersey
, rather than at Congressional, but did play two practice rounds at Congressional about a week before the start of the Open, after returning from a two-day trip to Haiti
Haiti
as an ambassador for UNICEF
UNICEF
.

On 17 June during the second round, McIlroy became the first player in the history of the tournament to reach a score of 13-under-par at any point in the tournament. He achieved the feat by making birdie at the 17th hole in the second round. Despite a double bogey on the final hole, his two-day total of 131 (65-66, 11-under-par) set a record as the lowest 36-hole total in U.S. Open history. The score was one better than Ricky Barnes ' 132 in 2009. He was also the fastest golfer to reach double digits under par in the U.S. Open, reaching 10 under par in 26 holes.

On 18 June, during the U.S. Open's third round, he became the first player to reach 14-under par at the tournament by making a birdie at the 15th hole, on his way to a 54-hole U.S. Open record of 199. In doing so, he also built an eight-stroke lead going into the final round. A final round of 69 allowed him to claim his first major championship setting the 72-hole record.

Rest Of 2011

McIlroy took a month off from competitive golf. At The Open Championship he struggled in tough weather over a difficult layout at Royal St George\'s Golf Club , failing to contend with the conditions. He was again a non-factor at the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club after injuring his wrist on the 3rd hole of the first round after attempting to play a stroke from behind a tree root. McIlroy went on to win the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters in a playoff against Anthony Kim. In November, he finished tied for 4th at the WGC-HSBC Champions to move to a then career high of number two in the Official World Golf Ranking. In December 2011, he won the UBS Hong Kong Open by two strokes.

2012

McIlroy warms up at the 2012 U.S. Open in San Francisco
San Francisco

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
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
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
Arizona
where he won matches against George Coetzee , Anders Hanson , Miguel Ángel Jiménez , Bae Sang-moon and Lee Westwood before losing to Hunter Mahan
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.

The following week, McIlroy continued good form and won the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida , and with it claimed the Number 1 spot in the world rankings. He started the fourth round in first place at 11-under-par after rounds of 66-67-66, ahead of a chasing pack including Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
, Lee Westwood and Keegan Bradley . McIlroy shot a final round of 69 to claim his third PGA Tour
PGA Tour
title and finished two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
and Tom Gillis . McIlroy became the second youngest World Number 1 and moved up to fourth place in the FedEx Cup
FedEx Cup
standings.

McIlroy played the following week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami, Florida . His recent good form began to dwindle slightly on Thursday, when he shot a 1-over par 73. However, he shot 69 and 65 the next two days to begin the fourth round in tied 8th place. Going into the back 9 on Sunday, he had a chance of winning his second title of 2012 in as many weeks due to the leaders faltering. However two late bogeys halted his chance and he settled for 3rd place, two strokes behind winner Justin Rose
Justin Rose
.

McIlroy lost his number one ranking on 18 March to Luke Donald after Donald won the Transitions Championship . McIlroy was one stroke off of the lead going into the weekend at The Masters but struggled in his last two rounds and finished in a tie for 40th. He regained the top spot in the world rankings on 15 April but lost it to Donald again on 29 April. On 6 May, McIlroy was in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship and went to a playoff with Rickie Fowler and D. A. Points . Fowler won the tournament on the first playoff hole with a birdie. The runner-up finish put McIlroy back at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. After the runner-up finish, McIlroy would later miss the cut in his next three events, and fell again from number one ranking.

PGA Championship

On 12 August, age 22, McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by a record eight strokes, which was done with a birdie on the final hole. 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, at that time, the youngest multiple major champion since Seve Ballesteros won the 1980 Masters Tournament, and at that time, the sixth youngest of all time. The win also helped McIlroy regain the world number one ranking.

Pursuit Of The FedEx Cup

McIlroy finished the regular season third in the FedEx Cup
FedEx Cup
standings. At The Barclays
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
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
PGA Tour
events in a single season and the only person other than Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
to win four events in a season since 2005.

Ryder Cup

McIlroy topped the qualification standings for the 2012 Ryder Cup . He picked up three points for the European team, partnering with Graeme McDowell in two foursomes and one fourballs match, and with Ian Poulter in the second day fourballs. On the final day, a mix up with his tee time meant that he arrived only 12 minutes before he was due to tee off, after being escorted in by a police officer. He defeated Keegan Bradley 2"> McIlroy during a practice day for the BMW PGA Championship in 2013 at Wentworth .

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.

2014

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.

In March, McIlroy lost in a four-man sudden-death playoff at the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, despite leading the tournament through all four rounds until the back nine on Sunday. He shot a final round 74 (+4) and had a superb second shot to the par-five 18th in regulation play to qualify for the playoff, after missing the eagle putt for the win. He lost on the first extra hole, when Russell Henley was the only one of the four to birdie the hole.

In May in England, McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth by one stroke. He carded a six-under-par 66 final round to beat Thomas Bjørn , who started the day seven strokes clear of McIlroy. The win was McIlroy's first on either of the two major tours in 18 months.

Open Championship

On 20 July, McIlroy won the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool by two strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio García
Sergio García
to capture the third major championship of his career, having led the field throughout the tournament. McIlroy and Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
are the only golfers to win both The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship. 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
Tiger Woods
as one of three golfers since the first Masters Tournament in 1934 to win three majors by the age of 25.

Rest Of 2014

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
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
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."

2015

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
PGA Tour
since the 2013 Open Championship, a streak of 22 consecutive events. He finished fourth at the 2015 Masters Tournament , his best career Masters finish. 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
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.

McIlroy's 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 poor Thursday performance in front of his home Northern Irish fans and at the event he now hosts. He later said he was looking forward to a break after five tournaments in a row.

Just a little over a week prior to The Open Championship
The Open Championship
McIlroy injured his left anterior talofibular ligament (ankle ligament). This led to him missing the tournament and the subsequent WGC-Bridgestone Invitational . He made his return in the 2015 PGA Championship and made the cut finishing in 17th place. McIlroy during practice rounds at the 2015 Tour Championship
Tour Championship
at East Lake Golf Club

Race To Dubai

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.

2016

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 . At the 2016 Masters, McIlroy was in the final group in the third round alongside Jordan Spieth
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. 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
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 . He produced a near flawless final round of 65 to win for the first time on the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
in 2016 at the Deutsche Bank Championship .

At the final event of the PGA Tour
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 with a birdie 3 on the par4 16th. The result put McIlroy at the top of the FedEx Cup
FedEx Cup
and won him the $10 million bonus pool.

At the 2016 Ryder Cup , McIlroy played five matches winning three points, all when paired with Thomas Pieters : the European duo overcome Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar , 3 and 2, in the Friday fourballs, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
, 4 and 2, in the Saturday foursomes, and Brooks Koepka and Johnson, 3 and 1, in the Saturday fourballs. McIlroy paired with Andy Sullivan in the Friday foursomes, losing to Mickelson and Fowler, 1 up. In the Sunday singles, he lost to Patrick Reed ,1 up, thanks to a birdie by the American at the last hole.

AWARDS

In 2012, besides leading the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
money list, McIlroy won the PGA Player of the Year , PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Player of the Year , Vardon Trophy , and Byron Nelson Award . In addition to winning the Race to Dubai, he was voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year . He also won the Mark H. McCormack Award for leading the Official World Golf Ranking for the most weeks in the year (28 of 52 weeks). Also in 2012, he won a Laureus World Sports Award in the category Breakthrough of the Year.

In 2014, McIlroy again swept the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
awards : Arnold Palmer Award (leading money winner), PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Player of the Year, Vardon Trophy, and Byron Nelson Award. He also won the Race to Dubai and was voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year. He again won the Mark H. McCormack Award for leading the Official World Golf Ranking for the most weeks in the year (22 of 52 weeks). He was awarded the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for the second time, previously winning in 2011, and the BBC Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Sport Personality of the Year for the third time after victories in 2011 and 2012. He also came 2nd in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, behind Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
. In 2015 McIlroy was shortlisted for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year .

TECHNIQUE, ADDITIONAL MENTORS AND COACHES

McIlroy employs the interlocking grip on full shots. He has worked with various professional golfers since he was young, including Darren Clarke , Nick Faldo
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
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).

McIlroy left ISM in 2011, with McIlroy joining Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management. Michael Bannon has been working with McIlroy since October 2012.

CONTROVERSIES

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".

In May 2011, McIlroy was criticised for skipping The Players Championship . The skip was controversial because 48 of the top 50 in the world participated in it, the other golfer skipping being Lee Westwood .

On 17 July 2011, following a poor showing over the weekend in the 2011 Open Championship
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. He also added that he would "rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind".

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". 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.

In February 2013, McIlroy was criticised for withdrawing from the 2013 Honda Classic, citing tooth pain. 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 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 . 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."

On the eve of the Open Championship
Open Championship
in 2016, McIlroy said he would not watch the golf tournament at the Olympic Games and would focus on the sports that matter like swimming and track "I just think being from where we're from, we're placed in a very difficult position. I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland. Play for one side or the other – or not play at all because I may upset too many people… Those are my three options I'm considering very carefully", before choosing Ireland in 2014.

McIlroy lived near the village of Moneyreagh in County Down, about 20 minutes from Belfast. The land around his home included a custom-made practice facility and a scaled-down football pitch. In September 2012, the house was put up for sale for a price of £2 million. In December 2012, McIlroy purchased a $10 million property in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida , located close to Jack Nicklaus ' The Bear's Club.

McIlroy is an Ambassador for UNICEF
UNICEF
Ireland and made his first visit to Haiti
Haiti
with UNICEF
UNICEF
in June 2011. In 2014, McIlroy was also announced as an official ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf. His great-uncle Joe McIlroy was killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force in a sectarian attack at his east Belfast home in November 1972.

McIlroy dated Danish tennis professional Caroline Wozniacki from 2011 to 2014. They became engaged on 31 December 2013. On 21 May 2014, it was announced that McIlroy had ended the engagement: "The problem is mine. 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.

McIlroy is a fan of 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 archrival Liverpool fans, before he thanked them for their great support. McIlory also plays the sport in his spare time. 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. I enjoy having that normality in my life. I’ve done it since I was a kid and won’t stop.” McIlroy is also a fan of Ulster Rugby . He often interrupts his busy golfing schedule to attend rugby matches at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

McIlroy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to sport.

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 started dating former PGA of America employee, Erica Stoll in 2015. In December 2015, it was reported that the couple had become engaged while on vacation in Paris
Paris
. They married in April 2017.

As of 2015, Forbes
Forbes
has estimated McIlroy's annual income at US$48.5 million.

AMATEUR WINS (5)

* 2005 West of Ireland Championship, Irish Close Championship * 2006 West of Ireland Championship, Irish Close Championship, European Amateur Championship

PROFESSIONAL WINS (22)

PGA TOUR WINS (13)

LEGEND

Major championships (4)

World Golf Championships (2)

FedEx Cup
FedEx Cup
playoff event (4)

Other PGA Tour
PGA Tour
(3)

NO. DATE TOURNAMENT WINNING SCORE TO PAR Margin of victory RUNNER(S)-UP

1 2 May 2010 Quail Hollow Championship 72-73-66-62=273 −15 4 strokes Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

2 19 Jun 2011 U.S. OPEN 65-66-68-69=268 −16 8 strokes Jason Day

3 4 Mar 2012 The Honda Classic 66-67-66-69=268 −12 2 strokes Tom Gillis , Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

4 12 Aug 2012 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 67-75-67-66=275 −13 8 strokes David Lynn

5 3 Sep 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship 65-65-67-67=264 −20 1 stroke Louis Oosthuizen

6 9 Sep 2012 BMW Championship 64-68-69-67=268 −20 2 strokes Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
, Lee Westwood

7 20 Jul 2014 THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 66-66-68-71=271 −17 2 strokes Rickie Fowler , Sergio García
Sergio García

8 3 Aug 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 69-64-66-66=265 −15 2 strokes Sergio García
Sergio García

9 10 Aug 2014 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (2) 66-67-67-68=268 −16 1 stroke Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

10 3 May 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play 4 & 2 Gary Woodland

11 17 May 2015 Wells Fargo Championship (2) 70-67-61-69=267 −21 7 strokes Patrick Rodgers , Webb Simpson

12 5 Sep 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship (2) 71-67-66-65=269 −15 2 strokes Paul Casey
Paul Casey

13 25 Sep 2016 Tour Championship
Tour Championship
68-70-66-64=268 −12 Playoff Kevin Chappell , Ryan Moore

PGA TOUR PLAYOFF RECORD (1–2)

NO. YEAR TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS RESULT

1 2012 Wells Fargo Championship Rickie Fowler , D. A. Points Fowler won with birdie on first extra hole

2 2014 Honda Classic Russell Henley , Russell Knox , Ryan Palmer Henley won with birdie on first extra hole

3 2016 Tour Championship
Tour Championship
Kevin Chappell , Ryan Moore Won with birdie on fourth extra hole Chappell eliminated with birdie on first hole

EUROPEAN TOUR WINS (13)

LEGEND

Major championships (4)

World Golf Championships (2)

BMW PGA Championships (1)

Race to Dubai finals series (2)

Other European Tour (4)

NO. DATE TOURNAMENT WINNING SCORE TO PAR Margin of victory RUNNER(S)-UP

1 1 Feb 2009 Dubai Desert Classic 64-68-67-70=269 −19 1 stroke Justin Rose
Justin Rose

2 19 Jun 2011 U.S. OPEN 65-66-68-69=268 −16 8 strokes Jason Day

3 4 Dec 2011 UBS Hong Kong Open 1 64-69-70-65=268 −12 2 strokes Grégory Havret

4 12 Aug 2012 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 67-75-67-66=275 −13 8 strokes David Lynn

5 25 Nov 2012 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai 66-67-66-66=265 −23 2 strokes Justin Rose
Justin Rose

6 25 May 2014 BMW PGA Championship 68-71-69-66=274 −14 1 stroke Shane Lowry

7 20 Jul 2014 THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 66-66-68-71=271 −17 2 strokes Rickie Fowler , Sergio García
Sergio García

8 3 Aug 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 69-64-66-66=265 −15 2 strokes Sergio García
Sergio García

9 10 Aug 2014 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (2) 66-67-67-68=268 −16 1 stroke Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

10 1 Feb 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic (2) 66-64-66-70=266 −22 3 strokes Alexander Norén

11 3 May 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play 4 ">LA

T47 T3 T25 T60 CUT 1

T5 T4

PGA Championship

T3 T3 T64 1 T8 1 17 CUT T22

Win Top 10 Did not play

LA = Low amateur CUT = missed the halfway cut "T" = tied

SUMMARY

TOURNAMENT WINS 2ND 3RD TOP-5 TOP-10 TOP-25 EVENTS CUTS MADE

Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 4 7 9 8

U.S. Open 1 0 0 1 3 4 9 5

The Open Championship
The Open Championship
1 0 1 4 4 5 9 8

PGA Championship 2 0 2 4 5 7 9 8

TOTALS 4 0 3 10 16 23 36 29

* Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2013 PGA – 2016 Masters) * Longest streak of top-10s – 4 ( 2014 Open Championship – 2015 U.S. Open)

WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINS (2)

YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP 54 HOLES WINNING SCORE MARGIN OF VICTORY RUNNER-UP

2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 3 shot deficit −15 (69-64-66-66=265) 2 strokes Sergio García
Sergio García

2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play n/a 4 font-style: normal;"> (nl) (representing Ireland): 2007 (winners) * Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2007

PROFESSIONAL

* Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners), 2014 (winners), 2016 * Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain "> Caddie J. P. Fitzgerald holds McIlroy's bag in May 2013.

As of 9 May 2017

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SEE ALSO

* Biography portal

* List of golfers with most European Tour wins * List of golfers with most PGA Tour
PGA Tour
wins * List of men\'s major championships winning golfers

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