Rory McIlroy is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland. He is a former World No.1 on the Official World Golf Rankings, he reached this in March 2012. McIlroy has 34 professional wins and he has won the PGA Championship twice and has also won the US Open and The Open Championship. In 2022, he came in second at the Masters Tournament.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Rory Daniel McIlroy was born on May 4, 1989, in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. He still resides in Hollywood and represents Northern Ireland internationally. McIlroy stands 175 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 73 kg.
His parents are Gerry and Rosie McIlroy. His father introduced him to golf at a young age. They trained at the Hollywood Golf Club. He officially joined the club at 7 years old, becoming its youngest member.
As an amateur golfer, McIlroy played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004 in Ohio. In 2005, he won both the Irish Close Championship and the West of Ireland Championship. He later signed to play college golf for East Tennessee University.
In 2005, he played for the Irish team in the European Amateur Team Championship. In the same year, he made his debut on the European Tour when he played in the British Masters. In 2006, he won the European Amateur held at the Biella Golf Club. He also played for Ireland at the Eisenhower Trophy that year.
In 2007, he made the cut to play in the Dubai Desert Classic. He also played in the Open Championship that year and was awarded the Silver Medal.
His first professional win came in 2009. He won the Dubai Desert Classic, beating Justin Rose by one stroke. In 2011, he won the US Open. It was his first major win and he beat Jason Day by an impressive 8 strokes.
A little over a year later, he won the PGA Championship for the first time in August 2012. He beat out David Lynn by 8 strokes as well. Prior to that, he had won The Honda Classic, where he beat Americans Tom Gillis and Tiger Woods. This win helped him reach his career-high Official World Golf Ranking of World No.1. He had two more titles on the PGA Tour that year, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship.
In July 2014, he won The Open Championship, beating Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia by two strokes. A week later, he won his second PGA Championship, beating Phil Mickelson. His next big win was the Tour Championship in September 2016.
From that time through to 2022, he has clocked 9 more wins on the PGA Tour, including his second and third Tour Championships in 2019 and 2022. Also in 2022, he came in second at the Masters Tournament.
Number of Wins by Tour
- PGA Tour - 22
- European Tour - 14
- Asian Tour - 1
- PGA Tour of Australasia - 1
- Other - 4
Best Results in Major Championships
- Masters Tournament - 2nd: 2022
- PGA Championship - Won: 2012, 2014
- U.S. Open - Won: 2011
- The Open Championship - Won: 2014
- PGA Tour leading money winner -2012, 2013–14
- PGA Player of the Year - 2012,2013–14
- PGA Tour Player of the Year - 2012,2013–14, 2018–19
- Vardon Trophy - 2012, 2014, 2019,2022
- Byron Nelson Award - 2012, 2014,2019, 2022
- Race to Dubai winner - 2012, 2014,2015
- European Tour Golfer of the Year -2012, 2014, 2015
- European Tour Players’ Player of theYear - 2012, 2014, 2015
- Mark H. McCormack Award - 2012,2014, 2015
- FedEx Cup Champion - 2016, 2019,2022