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

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Rory McIlroy ran through the tape in today's final round of the 79th Masters, logging a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 to post 12-under 276.
McIlroy had it dialed in all day at Augusta National. He missed only one green in regulation and converted six birdies, half of which on par 5s. He signed his card sitting alone in fourth place, so he'll record his best finish in seven appearances at the season's first major. If there's any bad news, it's that he'll have to wait another year before getting his next chance to achieve the career grand slam, not that it wasn't a foregone conclusion what with Jordan Spieth's dominant performance this week. All told, McIlroy hit 53 greens in regulation, good for fourth-most in the tournament. He played the par 5s in bogey-free 14-under. Apr 12 - 6:45 PM

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With a 4-under-par, 32-36=68 in the third round of the 79th Masters, Rory McIlroy is 6-under 210, good for outright possession of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Sparked by a long-range eagle conversion at the par-5 second hole, McIlroy didn't rule himself out of a look at the career grand slam this week, albeit from well off the lead. He added birdies at the par-5 eighth, 13th and 15th holes, the last courtesy of a fortunate break when his second over the water stayed dry. He bogeyed 16 and 18. For the week, he's bogey-free, 11-under on the quartet of par 5s.
Apr 11 - 4:57 PM

In the furthest thing from a boring round of golf, Rory McIlroy submitted a 1-under-par 40-31=71 for today's second round of the 79th Masters.

McIlroy love-hate relationship with Augusta National continues. He hit only 10 greens in regulation but managed to outbalance four bogeys and a double with an eagle and five birdies. He played the quartet of par 5s in bogey-free 4-under, but his highlight occurred at the par-4 17th where he chipped in for birdie from behind the green. His birdie at the par-4 18th secured the red number. At 2-under 142, McIlroy is 12 strokes back of 36-hole leader Jordan Spieth and unlikely to achieve the career grand slam this week. However, there's a modicum of pride to finishing below par given today's wild ride.
Apr 10 - 7:19 PM

Rory McIlroy opened the 79th Masters with a 1-under-par 36-35=71.

This is his first opportunity to achieve the career grand slam. He'll turn 26 on May 4, so the odds are quite in his favor that it'll happen one day. For now, he's positioned four strokes off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders. McIlroy hit 12 greens and holed three birdies, including a nifty 4 at the par-5 15th where he escaped from behind greenside bunker and rolled in a mid-range look. He also squared two bogeys, but salvaged par at the par-5 second after finding trouble left of the fairway and being forced to take a drop. A marvelous approach for his fourth set up a short par attempt.
Apr 9 - 4:05 PM

Rory McIlroy is chasing a first green jacket and a career Grand Slam at this year's Masters.

All eyes are on the Northern Irishman as he bids to become just the sixth golfer in history to claim all four majors. Augusta National Golf Club has rather teased McIlroy down the years, most famously in 2011 when he went into the final round with a four-shot lead but suffered a meltdown, shot 80 and finished T15. Last year's T8 was his first top 10 in six Masters appearances. McIlroy won the final two majors of 2014 so victory this week would send him into the U.S. Open with the opportunity of putting all four major trophies on his mantelpiece - a feat achieved by Tiger Woods when he landed the 2001 Masters. A winner of the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season, McIlroy heads to Augusta on the back of a somewhat mixed series of performances on the Florida Swing. He missed the cut at the Honda Classic, was T9 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and T11 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. One final stat, no World No.1 without a green jacket has won the Masters since Fred Couples in 1992.
Apr 7 - 6:01 PM

Rory McIlroy battled for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to end his week at 11-under 277.

HIs lap around Bay Hill featured four birdies, with three coming on par 5s, and a pair of bogeys. Similar to the WGC-Cadillac, he has a chance to backdoor a top 10 without ever really contending or possessing anything close to his top form. The longest of his four birdies was a 15'10" effort at the par-5 sixth. McIlroy's next scheduled action is the Masters. It would be hard to call him the favorite considering the recent form of players like Bubba Watson and Henrik Stenson. McIlroy attempts to complete the career grand slam at Augusta National in a few weeks.
Mar 22 - 4:49 PM

Rory McIlroy figured things out in his second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational after which he signed for a 6-under-par 34-32=66.

When the planet's No. 1-ranked golfer hits 17 greens in regulation and settled for a 70, as McIlroy did on Thursday, you figured that the law of averages would swing in his direction the next day. Right on cue, he went 7-for-12 in scoring chances with just one bogey. He opened with a birdie from 14'4" at the par-4 10th. His second dropped in at the par-5 16th. McIlroy then ripped off five in a row beginning with an 18-footer at the par-3 second. He capped the streak with a 12-footer at the par-5 sixth. According to Golf Channel, it's his longest par-breaker streak on the PGA TOUR. At 8-under 136, he's five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mar 20 - 1:05 PM

Rory McIlroy submitted a 2-under-par 34-36=70 for his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The world's top-ranked talent is making his debut at Bay Hill this year. He came to rest four strokes off the overnight lead, but didn't score as well as the ball-striking totals would have projected. He striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit all but one green in regulation. Naturally, he bogeyed the one hole where he failed to set up the scoring opportunity (at the par-5 16th), and rolled in only three birdies elsewhere. Two of them ran 13-17 feet, but he finished the day with a strokes gained: putting clip of -0.567.
Mar 19 - 7:35 PM

Rory McIlroy submitted an even-par 25-27=72 in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship to end his week inside the top 10 at 1-under 287.

McIlroy circled four birdies at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course, with three of them dropping from outside of 11 feet. His highlight was a 21'5" roll on the par-3 ninth hole. In addition to a pair of bogeys, he ended his day with a chip-in double bogey on the par-4 18th after finding the water off the tee and on approach. As poorly as he played this week by his standards, he still stole a top-10 finish.
Mar 8 - 5:52 PM

Rory McIlroy pounded out a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

If McIlroy's close to his opening round didn't grab your attention, try today's, um, highlight (linked below) on for size. Cutting to the chase, after striping his tee ball into the fairway at the par-5 eighth hole, the Ulsterman rinsed his 3-iron approach left of the green. He then rinsed his 3-iron, giving it a quality sidearm toss into the drink. He'd bogey the hole, the third of four squares on the card, but McIlroy rallied for six birdies to post 1-under 143, coming to rest just five strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. His most notable conversions didn't travel as far as his 3-iron, but they're noteworthy nonetheless. After a 12-footer for birdie dropped at 2, he also negotiated tries from 23'11" and 21'5" at Nos. 7 and 17, respectively. After his round, he told Steve Sands of Golf Channel that it felt good at the time to hurl his club into the water, but discouraged kids from following suit. There's nothing like plying your craft in front of millions.
Mar 6 - 5:51 PM

Rory McIlroy posted a 1-over-par 40-33=73 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

This was ugly early, but McIlroy salvaged a score as you'd expect the world's top-ranked player to do. Overall, he hit 11 greens in regulation and jammed his par breakers into a five-hole stretch at the back-end of the trot around Trump National Doral. After getting a birdie to drop from 11'9" at the par-3 fourth, he buried another birdie at 5. A bogey-5 at the sixth from a greenside bunker opened the door for a bounce-back birdie from the fringe six yards away at 7. He chased that with another conversion from the fringe at the par-5 eight, this time for eagle. That brought McIlroy all the way back to even for the round before he walked off with a bogey-4 at No. 9. He fanned on only two tries inside 11 feet. McIlroy came to rest tied for 27th after one round. He's 11 strokes off J.B. Holmes' overnight lead.
Mar 5 - 6:31 PM

At 7-over-par 73-74=147, Rory McIlroy will miss the cut at The Honda Classic.

Blame whatever you want, but playing partner Brooks Koepka crafted a 6-under 64 today. Rather, McIlroy just never gave himself a chance to make a run. He missed half of both his fairways and greens in regulation. That led to eight bogeys and two doubles, so the five birdies he holed were far too few to secure a tee time in the third round. This is his first MC anywhere since the Irish Open last June. It's his first MC on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship and it's his first official MC in a non-major on TOUR since the 2012 Memorial. The world's top-ranked player will try again at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he'll be a favorite. In fact, given that he won't have to deal with the scheduling snafus at PGA National due to the inclement weather, today's failure may wind up as a net-positive over a two-week period.
Feb 27 - 4:45 PM

With birdies on his final two holes, Rory McIlroy salvaged a 3-over-par 38-35=73 in his opening round of The Honda Classic.

This isn't the opening to the season that he would have preferred, but McIlroy actually scored about as well as his game allowed him today. He striped eight (of 14) fairways, but hit only eight greens in regulation in what were easily the most challenging conditions of the day. He opened the round by find out of bounds right at the par-4 first hole, which he double-bogeyed. After a birdie-4 at No. 3, he went bogey-double bogey to fall to 4-over through five. He drilled a birdie conversion from 21'1" at the par-4 eighth, but dropped shots at 11 and 14 to bottom out at 5-over. The turning point occurred at his penultimate hole where the Ulsterman rolled in his birdie try from just outside 32 feet. His birdie-4 at the last was textbook. McIlroy found the middle of the green with his long-iron approach and two-putted. He walked off positioned eight strokes off the overnight lead, but he's poised to pounce in Friday's morning wave.
Feb 26 - 5:51 PM

Rory McIlroy turns his attention to PGA National for his 2014-15 debut at this week's Honda Classic.

McIlroy was nice enough to give the other PGA TOUR golfers a head start in the FedExCup race but his ramp up to The Masters begins now. Since the TOUR Championship, he has played four events overseas, posting two runner-ups, a T15, and a victory in his latest. The Ulsterman couldn't hang onto the 54-hole lead at last year's Honda but he does still have a trophy from 2012. McIlrory is the clear-cut favorite anywhere he tees it up, so gamers should not shy away from throwing him onto their rosters.
Feb 25 - 8:56 AM

Rory McIlroy was never threatened in the final round and cruised to a three-shot victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a closing 2-under-par 35-35=70.

McIlroy eased his way to a winning total of 22-under 266 by playing mainly conservative golf. He didn't aim at the flags, hit 16 greens in regulation and denied the chasing pack any sniff of victory. Four shots clear at start of play, the Northern Irishman birdied the third but, with none of his closest rivals getting in a blow, even a bogey at seven didn't cause any ripples of panic. McIlroy calmly birdied the first of the two back-nine par fives -- 10 and 13 -- and closed out victory with five straight pars. His win here in 2009 was his first as a pro; this latest victory gives him a 10th European Tour triumph from 145 starts. It also ends a run of four second places in five worldwide starts and extends his lead at the top of the world rankings. McIlroy, whose 22-under matched the tournament's lowest winning total in relation to par, said, "I did what I needed to do today. I didn’t play quite as well as the first three days but I played a solid round of golf."
Feb 1 - 7:51 AM