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Rory McIlroy

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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Rory McIlroy stepped up his title bid at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, piecing together a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round three to reach 16-under 200 through 54 holes, just one back from joint-leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.
McIlroy may have suffered his first bogey of the week, a dropped shot at the par-3 15th after missing the green, but he sprinkled eight birdies around it, including two to close with as he came home in 32 for the second day running. After breaking par on just two of the par 5s over the first 36 holes, the Northern Irishman completed a full set of circles today with birdies at 2, 8, 10 and 18. He also picked up shots at 5, 12, 14 and 17. "It was good," said McIlroy. "I feel like I played similar again. I probably scored a bit better. Short game was needed at times. But I putted really well. Hit the ball very well. So all in all, yeah, it was another great round and another really good confidence builder." After four second places in this event, the 28-year-old is now favorite with the bookmakers to go on and take victory tomorrow. Jan 20 - 8:13 AM

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Rory McIlroy's return to action continued to impress Friday; he's bogey-free through 36 holes of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after a second round of 6-under-par 34-32=66 for a halfway total of 9-under 135, T6 and three back of leader Thomas Pieters.

Other than grab the lead it's hard to know what more the 28-year-old could have done on his seasonal entrance. Having made steady progress on the first lap, he made in-roads throughout the early stages of his second, and then he left the course with a statement of intent for the weekend: a 25'0" eagle conversion on the 562-yard par-5 final hole. Unsurprisingly it drew big cheers from the galleries. Prior to that he had ticked four holes in the first 12. There were circled 3s at 9 and 11, but it was the birdie-2s he made at the fourth and 12th which shone. His irons were dialled in as he left himself just 4'0" at the former and half that distance at the latter. "Very satisfying," he said afterwards. "I always struggle to read these greens, the colour of them. I'm hitting good putts and they're sliding by the edges. I feel I deserved that one at the last."
Jan 19 - 8:28 AM

Rory McIlroy's return from rest and recuperation was a smart one; he cruised to a bogey-free first round of 36-33=69 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, three swings back of his playing partner, the defending champion and early pacesetter Tommy Fleetwood. UPDATE McIlroy ended R1 in T17, still just three back.

The Northern Irishman's fondness for Abu Dhabi GC has never been a cause for argument (he has finished T3 or better in six of his last seven appearances), but when a world class performer needs to take three months out of the game to soothe his body and mind then questions are inevitable. One shot is not nearly enough evidence, but as a starter a 320-yard biff down his first (the 10th) fairway was a good signal. One round won't answer all the questions either, but this was a fine beginning. The back (his first) nine was Faldo-like; nine pars. On the front nine he made his move at the third, dropping a 12'0" birdie opportunity. At the par-3 seventh his approach left him with no more than 3'0" for the red number and he took it. A birdie-4 followed at No. 8. "I stayed patient," he said. "I missed only one green. Gave myself a lot of chances. Could have been better, but I'm not that far away."
Jan 18 - 3:56 AM

Rory McIlroy arrived early at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and he's determined to start 2018 with a bang following his winless 2017.

After over 100 days on the sidelines after shutting down his season with T63 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, McIlroy appears to have a fresh hunger for success. He's changed diet, vowed to play more events and also prepare better by turning up to events on Monday of tournament week. He's certainly talking a good game and past form at Abu Dhabi GC suggests he can walk the walk too. The Northern Irishman has finished outside the top three at this course just once in his last seven visits, four of those second places. Extending his form to other events in the United Arab Emirates, he's cracked the top 10 in each of his last 10 starts in the region. This looks a perfect venue for McIlroy to hit the ground running and begin his climb back to the top of the world rankings after slipping to his current position of 11th.
Jan 17 - 7:29 AM

World No. 10 Rory McIlroy has been idle on the PGA TOUR since exiting the FedExCup Playoffs with a T58 at the BMW Championship 13 weeks ago. Four days ago (Dec. 8th), he released his anticipated early-season playing schedule via Twitter (link below), which he described as "busy".

The 28-year-old's up-and-down season ended with a wimper, exiting the postseason with two results outside the top 30 and a MC defending at the Dell. He finished a career-worst 58th in the FEC standings with six top 10s among 12 cashes in 14 events, four of those top 5s, including a T4 at The Open. After winning the season-ending TOUR Championship in 2016 (and the FEC), the Ulsterman got off to a quick start with four top 10s in his first five TOUR starts, adding a P2 at the BMW SA Open (Euro Tour), which he played with an apparent back injury. A day after, an MRI revealed a stress fracture in a rib, causing him to miss seven weeks. The 13-time TOUR winner (131 career events), didn't win anywhere in calendar-year 2017, his first winless year since 2008, perhaps understandably. In addition to the rib, he also got married in April, signed a new, full-bag deal with TaylorMade in May, and changed caddies in August (at WGC-BI) to best friend Harry Diamond, who's staying on the bag for 2018.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:38:00 PM

Three-times second in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and second again last week, can Rory McIlroy find top spot this week over the Old Course, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns?

For the first two rounds last week in Newcastle it was pretty clear that McIlroy was going through the motions, but after Saturday's wonderful thrash round Close House GC his eyes were alight with the forgotten feeling of being in contention and he backed it up on Sunday. His 64-63 weekend was his lowest final 36-hole total anywhere round the world and if he can ride the wave this week he'll surely contend at some point. It is his seventh visit to the championship and three times he has finished runner-up, on another occasion he was third, on a fifth he was second at halfway before ending the week tied eighth. It's a formidable record, but bear in mind the vagaries of the conditions and the rota. If he plays Carnoustie in the worst of the weather he'll be behind the eight ball, as would anyone else be. The last start of his 2017 campaign before the much-vaunted recuperation begins.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 10:53:00 AM

Rory McIlroy fired a superb final round of 7-under-par 32-31=63 for a 17-under total of 263 at the British Masters, three short of eventual winner Paul Dunne at Close House GC.

He got off to a damp start. Literally because it was raining and metaphorically because his opening drive found thick rough and for some time no-one could find it. A marshal saved the day by treading on it. A hat-trick of red numbers at 6, 7 and 8 changed the tone of the day, although his failure to break par at 9 and 10, despite good looks at birdie, seemed fatal to his chances. As did a bogey at 11. But he then creamed five birdies in the next six holes. It got him to within one of the leader Dunne, but his inability to birdie 18 and Dunne's par breaker at 17 sealed the deal for the "other" Irishman who then chipped in at the last. What started as an easy week ended with the competitive juices flowing and he looked impressive. One week to go now before season close down.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Ten years after opening his pro career in the British Masters Rory McIlroy returns to the tournament, played this week on the Lee Westwood Colt Course at Close House GC in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

It was a surprise to many when McIlroy accepted an invitation to play this week, but in doing so he fulfils membership requirement and can thereafter hasten the end of his season. After next week's Dunhill Links he will close it down, with six week of no golf whatsoever as he seeks to recuperate his pesky rib stress fracture and associated tweaks. Which means assessing his chances of contending are tricky. He's played this event three times and never once managed better than T39 (admittedly he's not played it since 2008). Form? Not top 20 since back-to-back top tens in the Open and Bridgestone Invitational. His class might tempt gamers that they can't do without him, but it might take a brave man to back him with the bookies. Common wisdom has it that he's just playing it out and already got his head in rest mode, but common wisdom often gets it wrong. It's definitely a riddle.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 06:13:00 AM

Defender and two-time champ Rory McIlroy stumbled to a 3-over-par 38-36=74 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship and at 4-over 72-74=146, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 79 players from a field of 96 made the cut of 3-over 145, 11 players T69 on the number. McIlroy, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, misses the cut at TPC Boston for the first time in seven appearances and MCs for the first time in 13 FedExCup Playoffs events that have a cut. The World No. 4 and reigning FEC champ circled six birdies in 36 holes, overshadowed by six bogeys and two doubles, but will advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks at a projected 50th in the FEC standings. It's his second MC of the season in 13 starts (U.S. Open). Other notable early exits include: 146- 2014 FEC champ Billy Horschel; Chris Stroud; Adam Scott; Chad Campbell .. 147- David Lingmerth .. 149- Danny Lee; Charles Howell III .. 152- Ollie Schniederjans.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 07:26:00 PM

Two-time champ Rory McIlroy makes his way back to Norton, Massachusetts, for a seventh appearance at this week's Dell Technologies Championship.

The Northern Irishman has two wins and a T5 at TPC Boston. He certainly has a good feel for the layout. More recently, he arrives with top 25s in four of his last four starts, including a pair of top 5s. After intially stating he may sit out the Playoffs, McIlroy has since committed and said he's hungry to add a win before the calendar year is over. The rib injury has not hurt his driving of the golf ball as he ranks first on TOUR in strokes gained off-the-tee. At 43rd in the FedExCup standings, McIlroy could use a top-heavy finish to soar up the FEC leaderboard.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Rory McIlroy has his eyes on the winner's circle as he preps for THE NORTHERN TRUST this week in Old Westbury, New York.

McIlroy ended his injury-riddled regular season with a T22 at the PGA Championship. He managed just 11 starts, with six of them landing inside the top 10 to sit 44th in the FedExCup race. While a majority of TOUR golfers would be satisified with this campaign, there is something very obvious missing for someone of his caliber. A victory. McIlroy has secured a worldwide win in each of the last eight years but hasn't found the winner's circle since his win at last year's TOUR Championship. After the PGA Championship, McIlroy admitted to being overworked as he tried to practice/play his way back into form, but now he's well-rested and ready to make a run at defending his FedExCup crown.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 02:39:00 PM

Rory McIlroy scraped a second round 1-over-par 35-37-72 to post a 36-hole total of 2-over 144 in the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club, good for the weekend and T32 in live scoring, but fully ten swings back of the clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner.

The Northern Irishman’s back nine (his first) was a solid affair, including eight pars and a birdie made from a greenside bunker at the par-5 15th. But the front nine turned into a nightmare. He failed to save par from the intermediate grass on No. 2 and missed a 4’0" par-saver at the next. A three-putt from 85’9" followed at the fifth and then another par-saver refused to drop, this time from 5’11", at No. 6. He was looking a spare weekend in the face only to bounce back in style. At the par-5 seventh he got up-and-down from the intermediate for birdie and then a 321-yard drive set up a 37-yard approach which he knocked to 4’9" and drained. His record at Quail Hollow is superb and in his six cuts made at the course he has always ranked 26th or better for Greens in Regulation (four times top six). This week, with the new Bermuda grass across the course, he currently ranks T51. He is also just 132nd for SG Putting.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 02:27:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 4 Rory McIlroy patched together a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to finish up on 7-under 273, currently T5 with play winding down.

After opening in 67-69-68, the 2014 winner began T5 on 6-under, three adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 1.419 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.097 tee-to-green. The 28-year-old squared holes 9, 14 and 15 (failed scrambles), slightly outpaced by four birdies at 2, 4, 6 and 18, three from between 20 and 38 feet, registering 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.541 SG: Putting. This was his seventh Bridgestone, fifth top 25 and fifth top 10. Overall, it was McIlroy's 31st WGC event and 20th top 10.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 4 Rory McIlroy turned in a 2-under-par 34-34=68 after the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for a 54-hole total of 6-under 204, down two spots to T5, three shy of co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters.

After kicking off in 67-69, the 2014 winner began T3, three adrift of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with ZJ, who shot 65, he landed eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.302 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 4.952. The 28-year-old offset bogey-5s at Nos. 6 and 10 (failed scrambles) with three conventional circles at 2, 9 and 11 (all from inside of 10 feet), adding a pitch-in 2 at the par-3 12th from 23'7" away that completed his scoring. He registered a commercial 1.857 putts per GIR and -0.992 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 07:32:00 PM

Rory McIlroy settled for a 1-under-par 35-34=69 during the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, keeping his position on the leaderboard (T3) with a two-day score of 4-under 136.

McIlroy landed the same number of greens in R1 and R2 (11 on each day) but couldn't get the putter working today. Part of that is the lack of proximity on his approaches, setting up just two birdie looks from inside 11 feet. After a lot of mid-range birdie misses, McIlroy finally hit the highlight reel with a 41'7" chip-in birdie at the par-5 16th. Playing his first week with good friend, Harry Diamond, on the bag, it's been a tale of two rounds. McIlroy was stellar off-the-tee and putting in round one while struggling on approach and around-the-green. It was the exact opposite today. If he can sync up the two rounds, he'll be tough to catch over the weekend. He is currently three strokes off the pacesetter Jimmy Walker.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 07:02:00 PM