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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 blew up for a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in his opening round of The Barclays.
And the walls came tumbling down. Anything McIlroy does right now will be hyper-analyzed, so be it, but he just had a rough day on a challenging golf course. He split just seven (of 14) fairways at Ridgewood, not indicative of his precision in recent weeks. However, he managed 12 greens in regulation, which is on par with many of the early contenders. Yet, the FedExCup points leader buried only two birdies and fanned on three tries inside 10 feet. He squared three bogeys and a double. Currently eight strokes off the clubhouse lead, McIlroy has no choice but to tighten the screws if he's going to win his fourth consecutive tournament. Aug 21 - 1:37 PM

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In a bit of unusual news regarding scheduling, Rory McIlroy announced today that he will fulfill his obligation to the Open in 2015 instead of this October.

This stems from an agreement made in 2012 when eight PGA TOUR members were given permission to play an event in Turkey the same week as the Open. Earlier this year, McIlroy said that he was planning on teeing it up at Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course in Napa, California, on Oct. 9-12, but there's now a conflict. See, because he won the season's last two majors, he's eligible to compete in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, which begins the day after the scheduled conclusion of the several times zones west. So, he's elected to honor his obligation at the PGA TOUR's season opener in 2015, which is also the last year in which he can meet the terms of the agreement.
Aug 13 - 5:42 PM

Rory McIlroy captured the 96th PGA Championship by one stroke over Phil Mickelson with a final-round 3-under-par 36-32=68 to end the week at 16-under 268.

McIlroy looked the part of a mortal early in his last lap around Valhalla Golf Club, squaring bogeys at the par-3 third and par-4 sixth holes before finally getting on the board with birdie at the par-5 seventh hole. He would reach red figures with a 7'4" eagle on the par-5 10th, then surge ahead with a short birdie on the par-4 13th and a birdie from 10'7" on the par-4 17th. With victory almost assured, he narrowly missed the water hazard off the tee on the par-5 18th and ultimately secured a two-putt par for the win in the dark. This is the 25-year-old Ulsterman's fourth major championship victory and his second Wanamaker Trophy. With this victory, he unseats Jimmy Walker as the leader of the FedExCup standings. McIlroy has now claimed victory in each of his last three starts dating back to The Open Championship. He will enter Augusta National in search of the career grand slam next April.
Aug 10 - 8:47 PM

Rory McIlroy submitted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the PGA Championship to carry a one-stroke advantage over Bernd Wiesberger at 13-under 200 into the finale.

While McIlroy was unable to pull away at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, he did just enough to maintain his advantage over the field. He got on the board with a 12'3" birdie at the par-4 fifth, then added another at the seventh before dropping his first of two bogeys at the par-4 eighth. An 11'4" birdie at the par-5 10th was erased by a bogey at the par-4 12th, but the Ulsterman responded with three birdies over his final four holes to regain control. His 20'10" birdie at the par-4 15th served to get him back on track and sticking his approach on the par-4 16th to 25 inches proved once again that he wasn't going anywhere. His birdie at the par-5 18th was the icing on the cake. He will try and claim his second Wanamaker Trophy, and fourth major championship, in Sunday's final round.
Aug 9 - 7:14 PM

Rory McIlroy piled on in his second round of the PGA Championship with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 to post 9-under 133 at the halfway point, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It wasn't long ago that Friday was his bane. Today, he merely showcased the kind of form that has yielded victories in his last two starts. McIlroy squared two bogeys, but he drilled home an eagle (from 31'5" at the par-5 18th hole) and four birdies. Three of the birdies found the cup from outside 11 feet, two from beyond 16 feet. At the time he signed his card today, he co-led the field in eagle (1) and buried the most birdies (12). The Ulsterman would go in the books as the outright leader at the break.
Aug 8 - 3:01 PM

Rory McIlroy opened the 96th PGA Championship with a 5-under-par 32-34=66 and sits one stroke adrift of the threesome sharing the clubhouse lead.

Aside from a double-bogey 7 at the 10th hole, where he yanked his approach out of bounds, and a three-putt bogey from 43 feet at the par-3 11th, McIlroy played like the world's No. 1-ranked player that he is. He converted eight birdies, including five on his inward nine. Four of those came consecutively beginning at the 12th hole; his run from 29'7" at the par-3 14th was the longest of his walk around Valhalla. He also saw his try from 13'5" disappear for birdie at the par-4 fourth. Overall, McIlroy split 12 (of 14) fairways and averaged 327.8 yards off the tee. The distance ranked second in the field at the time he signed his card.
Aug 7 - 7:12 PM

Rory McIlroy picked up the win in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational with a final-round 4-under-par 32-34=66 to post 15-under 265 and clip 54-hole leader Sergio Garcia by two strokes.

McIlroy put on a stripe show at Firestone Country Club's South Course, mashing monster drives and hoisting towering irons onto the greens. With his victory, accompanied by Adam Scott finishing outside the top five, the Ulsterman once again moves into the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. McIlroy came out firing early in his round, circling birdies on each of his first three holes and doing all of his damage in the first 11. Each of his five birdies fell from inside nine feet as his proximity to the pin was like that of a laser. He finishes the week inside the top 10 in driving distance, GIR and strokes gained-putting. He is the unquestioned favorite entering the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club come Thursday.
Aug 3 - 7:04 PM

Rory McIlroy navigated Firestone Country Club in 4-under-par 32-34=66 during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy reaches the 54-hole mark at 11-under 199 and trails only Sergio Garcia as he attempts to win in back-to-back starts. The Ulsterman circled a short birdie at the par-5 second hole, then added birdies from 18'11" and 16'4" on the par-4 sixth and ninth holes before making the turn. Following a bogey at the par-3 12th, he bounced back with birdies from 12'8" and 34'4" on the 17th and 18th holes. He landed 15 GIR, and as the distance of his birdies would suggest, he gained well over a stroke with the flat stick. If he keeps this up, McIlroy will make things quite uncomfortable for Garcia in the finale.
Aug 2 - 4:38 PM

Rory McIlroy chased his opening 69 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational with a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his second round to post 7-under 133, four strokes off the 36-hole lead.

The Ulsterman navigated Firestone in tidier fashion today. He split 10 (of 14 fairways) and landed 13 greens in regulation. That's up three and down one, respectively, from the lid-lifter, but he squared only one bogey today, that a 5 at the par-4 sixth hole. Elsewhere, McIlroy poured in seven birdies, four of which ranging 12-17 feet. He added par conversions of 10'6" at the seventh and 15'7" at 15; both are par 3s. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting for the round sat in the vicinity of 3.845.
Aug 1 - 6:33 PM

Rory McIlroy settled for a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

It's a red number on a tough track, but McIlroy hit 14 greens in regulation at Firestone Country Club's South Course today. He poured in four birdies, including a conversion from 21'8" at the par-4 17th, but three-putted the par-4 third from 63'4" for bogey and swallowed a double-bogey 6 at the eighth hole where he didn't find the putting surface until his fourth stroke. Making his first start since winning the Claret Jug, McIlroy is five strokes off the overnight lead in Ohio.
Jul 31 - 5:17 PM

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

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