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Rory McIlroy |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160
College: Northern Ireland

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Rory McIlroy posted a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of The 143rd Open Championship to claim his first Claret Jug at 17-under 271.
McIlroy is the seventh player to go wire-to-wire without ever sharing the overnight lead in this event. His final navigation of Royal Liverpool was a modest one compared to many of the low rounds on Sunday. He circled four birdies and gave back a trio of bogeys, but it was good enough to place him two strokes clear of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. This is the Ulsterman's first win in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event since the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick. With it, he is expected to move to second in the Official World Golf Ranking. It's hard to imagine that the hype leading up to the 2015 Masters will be anything short of a fever pitch as he attempts to close out the career Grand Slam. Jul 20 - 1:27 PM

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Rory McIlroy toyed with the competition in the third round of The Open Championship, but pulled away late at Royal Liverpool for a 4-under-par 35-33=68 and a six-stroke lead.

McIlroy traded two birdies for two bogeys across his first 13 holes, and was joined briefly in the lead by Rickie Fowler. The Ulsterman stepped on the gas late, circling a birdie at the par-4 14th and eagles on the par-5 16th and par-5 18th holes despite a bogey at the par-4 17th. It all adds up to a 16-under 200 tally. In some ways, this tournament is starting to feel like Martin Kaymer's runaway at Pinehurst last month and is eerily similar to the fashion in which McIlroy earned his first two major championship titles in the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship. He will try and claim the third leg in his quest to complete the career grand slam on Sunday.
Jul 19 - 10:55 AM

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy twirled another 6-under-par 66 in his second round of The 143rd Open Championship to post 12-under 132, good for a commanding lead at the midpoint.

Kiss the Friday curse goodbye. He opened with bogey at the par-4 first hole, but responded with seven birdies against no bogeys the rest of the way. McIlroy split just seven (of 14) fairways, but hit 13 greens to lay the next brick in what could be yet another runaway in a major. He's missed just nine greens and limited the damage to the lone bogey, but he's also benefited from his spot in the early-late draw. It'll even out on the weekend when the golfers are re-paired by leaderboard position, but it's his tournament to lose now.
Jul 18 - 2:31 PM

Rory McIlroy crafted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 in his opening round of The 143rd Open Championship to snare outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

He split nine (of 14) fairways and went 4-for-4 in scrambling while picking off six birdies, three on each side of Royal Liverpool. McIlroy played the par 5s in 3-under. While we're days from the possibility, a victory this week would secure the third leg of the career grand slam at just 25 years of age. Before that narrative shapes into a legitimate reality, there's the matter of the second round. McIlroy has admitted that his poor play on Fridays has crawled into his head.
Jul 17 - 9:14 AM

Rory McIlroy is in search of his first Claret Jug at The Open Championship.

McIlroy looked to be a lock to pick up a win at the season's third major at some point in his career after a first-round 63 and ultimate third-place share in the 2010 Open at St. Andrews, but has struggled to place himself in true contention since. He even missed the cut at Muirfield last year. His recent win at the BMW PGA Championship is a nice sign that his game is in solid shape, so perhaps this is the week he checks off another box in his already storied career.
Jul 16 - 12:48 PM

Rory McIlroy is 1-under-par 71-68=139 through two rounds of the 114th U.S. Open.

After Thursday's pedestrian opener, McIlroy found a better gear today. He hit 12 greens and erased a lone bogey at the par-5 10th hole where he started his round with three birdies. The 2011 champ at Congressional is nine strokes back of Martin Kaymer at Pinehurst No. 2.
Jun 13 - 7:13 PM

Rory McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open on a lengthy Congressional Country Club course and is back to try again at Pinehurst No. 2 this week.

The theme for McIlroy in major championships is course length. Both of his victories have come on courses stretching out past 7,500 yards, which will again be the case this week. It doesn't hurt that he's signed for top 10s in eight of his 10 stroke-play events in 2014. The Ulsterman has been plagued by the second round this season, posting Friday rounds of 74 or worse in five of his last six PGA TOUR events. Getting rid of that bad round will be the difference between victory and merely contending this week for McIlroy.
Jun 11 - 1:04 PM

Somewhat ironically, Rory McIlroy wrapped up his stay at Muirfield Village Golf Club with an even-par 37-35=72 in his final round of the Memorial, good for a share of 15th place at 6-under 282.

The juxtaposition between his first two rounds (63-78) is as glaring as today's pedestrian finale, this despite the fact that he holed five birdies to offset five bogeys today. McIlroy birdied all four par 5s, but his only notable conversion dropped for par from 11'7" at the par-4 fourth hole. He whiffed on five looks inside 10 feet on the day and probably can't wait to turn his attention to the U.S. Open. In fact, he probably already has as he is not scheduled to compete this week.
Jun 1 - 7:04 PM

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy chased his opening 63 at the Memorial with a 6-over-par 43-35=78 to post 3-under 141 at the midpoint.

You already know how hard it is to follow a low round with another, but this is ridiculous. He hit only eight greens in regulation at Muirfield Village today and his score could have been worse if not for a holed bunker shot from 11 yards away at 16 and conversions from 11'6" and 15'5" at Nos. 4 and 9, respectively, all of which dropping in for pars. He also lassoed three birdies, two of which from just outside 11 feet, but he connected a trio of double bogeys beginning at the par-4 13th hole. The third of the set was a 7 at No. 15 where he double-hit a chip shot. Suddenly, the Ulsterman is three strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. According to several reports, he said that his left knee was not an excuse for the poor play.
May 30 - 1:47 PM

Rory McIlroy thrashed Muirfield Village for a 9-under-par 32-31=63 in his opening round of the Memorial, good for an overnight lead of three strokes.

He's clearly not affected by his personal life. Fresh off a come-from-behind win at Wentworth and a transatlantic journey, McIlroy hit 13 greens in regulation today and converted two eagles and seven birdies. The eagles landed from 26'9" and 15 feet at Nos. 11 and 15, respectively; both are par 5s. Three of his birdies disappeared from 12-16 feet and he went 17-for-17 from inside 16 feet on the round. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting split sat at a staggering 6.292. His only gaffe occurred at the par-4 14th where his approached found a greenside bunker. After knocking his third into the same bunker, he wouldn't find the green until his fifth and eventually settled for a double bogey. If there's a greater potential negative, it's that he tweaked his left knee on the seventh hole and babied it the rest of the way. McIlroy told Golf Channel that he's never had a problem with either knee, but didn't seem too concerned about it as he planned to seek treatment.
May 29 - 6:28 PM

Rory McIlroy roared from behind to win the BMW PGA Championship by one stroke over Shane Lowry.

McIlroy made mainstream news this past week when he called off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki, so all bets were off on how he'd fare at the European Tour's flagship event. He opened the final round at 8-under-par 68-71-69=208, seven strokes back of Thomas Björn, who also led after 18 holes and co-led (with Lowry) at the midpoint. The Dane then swung the door open with a Sunday 75 while McIlroy slingshot past with a 6-under 34-32=66 that featured an eagle-3 at the fifth hole and six birdies including on his last two. Björn settled for a share of third place with Luke Donald two swings adrift. "It's been 18 months since I won on The European Tour and to win the flagship event, I could not have asked for any more," McIlroy said. "I knew coming in here I was playing well. I struggled a little on Friday but played great over the weekend. I was a little fortunate that some of the guys ahead of me made mistakes and I took advantage of it."
May 25 - 8:15 PM

Rory McIlroy crafted a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to join Jimmy Walker in the clubhouse lead at 9-under 279.

McIlroy added eight birdies to his ledger in his final lap around TPC Sawgrass, giving him a gaudy 25 for the week, while handing back a pair of bogeys. After trading a birdie and a bogey early in his round, he reached red figures for good with a birdie from 26 feet on the par-3 eighth. Other highlights included a 28-foot hole out from the fairway at the par-4 10th, a 19-footer at the par-4 12th and a 10'8" birdie at the par-3 17th. He's certainly unlocked the back nine at Sawgrass, playing it in 17-under for the week. He will now sit back and wait to see if the closing holes can exact any carnage and produce him an opportunity to win this tournament in a playoff.
May 11 - 4:12 PM

Rory McIlroy managed a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship for a top-10 finish at 8-under 280.

The Ulsterman sputtered out of the gates at Quail Hollow Club, squaring a bogey at the first hole before finally squaring his round with a birdie at the par-5 seventh. He would then conclude that nine with a birdie at eight and a bogey at the ninth. A 15'1" birdie at the par-4 12th was the highlight of his round, but was erased by a bogey at 13. He would get in red figures to stay with a birdie at 14, then added a final circle at the par-5 15th before parring into the clubhouse. The putter held him back this week, as he was 42nd in strokes gained at the time of his posting.
May 4 - 4:55 PM

Rory McIlroy lit up Quail Hollow Club for a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship to post an early clubhouse lead at 6-under 210.

McIlroy was both on fire and an opportunist, taking advantage of each of the four par 5s with birdies from close range. He also added birdies on the very short par-4 eighth and 14th holes. Of his eight birdies, the only one outside of 10 feet was a 27-footer at the par-4 fourth. While this wasn't the course-record 62 he posted in the final round of the 2010 edition en route to the title, it does get him back into contention after having made the cut on the number. He will now sit back and watch the leaders in the afternoon to see just how much ground he will need to make up on Sunday.
May 3 - 11:52 AM

Rory McIlroy shot a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

The 2010 champ went 6-for-13 in opportunities to break par today. All dropped for birdies. His notable conversions measured 39'5" at the par-4 18th hole and 12'11" at the par-3 sixth. McIlroy squared bogeys at the par-4 16th, third and fourth holes, but he has to be pleased to be sitting three strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead.
May 1 - 2:04 PM