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Rory McIlroy

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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Rory McIlroy arrives at Bethpage State Park ranked just 36th in the FedExCup standings as he preps for a run in the Playoffs, starting with this week's Barclays.
The Northern Irishman is 11-for-14 on the season, with just one podium finish, a T3 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. That is a bit misleading, though, as he's finished 12th or better in 8-of-14 starts. This week he'll take on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park for the third time in competition. His debut came at the 2009 U.S. Open when he finished T10. Three years later he settled for a T24 at the 2012 Barclays. During that 2012 edition he ranked first in strokes gained tee-to-green, but dead-last of all 75 golfers that made the cut in terms of strokes gained putting, losing 7.267 strokes on the week. If he could have putted to field average that week he would have finished in second place at 8-under. The flat stick will be the big question mark this week, but he certainly sets up well tee-to-green for this 7,468-yard Tillinghast Design. Aug 23 - 1:33 PM

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Rory McIlroy lifted the Wanamaker trophy in 2012 and 2014 and will hope to add to that even-numbered sequence with another triumph in this year's PGA Championship at Baltusrol Country Club.

The Northern Irishman preceded those two wins with a pair of thirds in 2009 and 2010 so this is by far his best major. Quickly contrast it to the Masters where he hasn't managed a single top four. McIlroy feels his long, straight driving (he's 7th in Total Driving this year) is an ideal fit for Baltusrol and his game looks to be trending in the right direction after a battling T5 from the wrong side of the draw in the Open Championship. The four-time major winner has a victory (Irish Open) and three other top fives in his last five worldwide starts and shares top spot in the betting with Dustin Johnson. He'll start his bid from the 10th tee at 08:30 ET Thursday alongside defending champion Jason Day and 2005 Baltusrol winner Phil Mickelson.
Jul 27 - 7:09 AM

World No. 4 and past champ Rory McIlroy authored a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in today's final round of The 145th Open to conclude his eighth appearance on 4-under 280, up 13 places to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy finished in a three-way T5, 16 shots back of champion Henrik Stenson.

The 2014 champ at Royal Liverpool returned after missing last year's edition with an ankle injury to post rounds of 69-71-73, beginning the finale on even-par, 12 strokes back of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson. He made more waves this week with his negative comments on golf's return to the upcoming Olympics and then breaking his 3-wood in anger on the par-5 16th during R3. The Ulsterman rewarded gamers who stuck with him for the final round, carding six birdies against two bogeys on 15 greens in regulation. His 67 is the low round of the day in the clubhouse, should net him a sixth top 10 of the season in 13 starts, and is a nice bounce-back from a missed cut at the U.S. Open. UPDATE: Stenson had the low round of the day with 63.
Jul 17 - 11:58 AM

Rory McIlroy struggled to work through the gears as he carded a final round level-par 37-34=71 to finish solo third at the 100th Open de France on 6-under 278.

The Northern Irishman trailed 54-hole leader Thongchai Jaidee by 2 as he hit the first tee, but that was as close as he would get to the eventual champion throughout the entire day. Because as the Thai golfer played his opening 13 holes in 3-under, McIlroy was treading water, with a bogey at No. 3 and 12 pars. When he finally posted red at 14 it was too little too late and he never broke par again as he finished 5 behind the winner. McIlroy was stymied on the final day by his inability to hit the greens: he missed 6 of them in regulation and although he successfully scrambled 5 out of 6 times, the die was cast. He needed 60 putts on the weekend.
Jul 3 - 11:57 AM

Rory McIlroy suffered a horror start but produced a burst of birdies on the back nine to sign for a 1-under-par 40-30=70 in round three of the Open de France and finish the day in T2, two shots behind leader Thongchai Jaidee.

An opening double bogey-6 set the tone for a miserable outward half which also featured dropped shots at 3, 7 and 8 against a single birdie at 4. But after tumbling from T1 to outside the top 15, McIlroy reversed the momentum with a thrilling back nine and powered back up the leaderboard with birdies at 11, 13, 15, 16 and 17. That left him at 6-under 207 through 54 holes and in a tie for second although he'll play in the penultimate group on Sunday alongside defending champion Bernd Wiesberger. The Northern Irishman split just 7 (of 14) fairways but hit 14 greens in regulation for the second day running. He'll hope to sharpen up his short game tomorrow after getting up and down just once in four attempts.
Jul 2 - 1:10 PM

Rory McIlroy justified his star billing at the 100th Open de France by moving into a share of the halfway lead after hoisting up a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in round two.

For 17 holes, the Northern Irishman was faultless as he circled birdies at 3, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 15 to surge to the top of the leaderboard on his own. But he found water off the tee at 18 and the resultant bogey saw him slip back into a share of the lead on 5-under 137. He sits alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Finland's Mikko Ilonen, South African Brandon Stone and Korean Jeunghun Wang. Today's 66 from McIlroy is the joint low round of the week so far and it was crafted by piping 9 (of 14) fairways, hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking 27 putts. He was 3-for-4 in scrambling today having been 3-for-7 in that same category on Thursday.
Jul 1 - 12:10 PM

Recent trips to Paris for Rory McIlroy have been spent watching Northern Ireland in Euro 2016 but he has his golf clubs with him this time as he prepares to make a title bid in the 100th Open de France.

McIlroy's presence is a coup for organisers as he's skipping the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio to play here. It's his first visit since 2010 although he has some strong memories from six years ago after missing out on the three-man play-off by a single shot. And, of course, that was before he'd won any of his four majors. The Ulsterman missed the cut in the US Open at Oakmont although made it clear beforehand that it was a layout that didn't suit his game. Prior to that he'd finished T4 at Memorial and won his home Irish Open. With Le Golf National staging the 2018 Ryder Cup, this is also an opportunity for McIlroy to view the course which has undergone recent renovations ahead of the biennial showdown with the Americans.
Jun 29 - 7:07 AM

Past champ and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy stalled out to a 1-over-par 40-31=71 in the second round of the 116th U.S. Open and at 8-over 77-71=148, missed the cut by by two shots.

A total of 66 pros and one amateur (Jon Rahm) made the cut on 6-over 146. McIlroy, the 2011 champ at Congressional, opened his eighth appearance with a tied-career-worst 77 -- which he shot two other times -- that included eight bogeys against a lone circle and an inward birdie-less 40. He went off No. 10 tee in R2 and raced out with four birdies thru his first seven holes for bogey-free 31, but once again, carded an inward 40, with no birdies against a bogey and two double bogey-6s. Other notables on the pine the rest of the way include: 147- 2006 champ Geoff Ogilvy; Phil Mickelson ... 148- 2013 champ Justin Rose; Patrick Reed; Paul Casey ... 149- 2009 champ Lucas Glover; J.B. Holmes; Kevin Chappell ... 150- two-time champs Ernie Els and Retief Goosen ... 151- Brandt Snedeker; 2012 champ Webb Simpson; Rickie Fowler ... 152- Hideki Matsuyama.
Jun 18 - 2:51 PM

Rory McIlroy admits it would be his biggest accomplishment yet were he to win this week's 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont.

The Northern Irishman smashed records galore when posting 16-under to land the 2011 edition at Oakmont by eight shots and concedes that his best results in the majors have been on easier courses when conditions were soft. He'll head to Oakmont on the back of a top four at Memorial and a first win at his home Irish Open so the bookmakers are taking no chances with his odds (8/1 second favorite) despite the brutal layout at Oakmont negating his natural attacking tendencies. McIlroy's U.S. Open career also shows T10 on debut at Bethpage in 2010 and T9 at Chambers Bay last year but he's missed the cut twice and been outside the top 20 in two others starts. The 27-year-old will be bidding to win his first major since August 2014 this week and will have Masters champion Danny Willett and Rickie Fowler for company over the first two days. That youthful threeball tees off from No. 1 at 8:24 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Jun 15 - 11:40 AM

Rory McIlroy rallied for a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to post 13-under 275, up 16 places on the live leaderboard to T5. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy finished in a four-way T4, two shy of a two-man playoff involving Jon Curran and eventual champ and 54-hole co-leader William McGirt.

There are four players ahead of the Northern Irishman on the leaderboard that are playing the back nine at Muirfield Village but he's the early 72-hole clubhouse leader. This was his sixth appearance -- skipping last year's edition -- with a best of solo fifth in 2011. The 27-year-old began the final round on 9-under (T21), five back of a trio of 54-hole leaders and three shy of the overnight top 10. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 11 holes, circling birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 11, before bogeys on 12 and 14 halted his momentum. McIlroy responded with three straight birdies on 15-17, the latter two dropping from 21'2" and 14'8", respectively, and saved a '4' at the 18th with a one-putt from 11'4". It's his third fourth-place finish this season in 11 events with a best of T3 at Doral.
Jun 5 - 2:21 PM

Rory McIlroy backed up with a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Memorial to post 9-under 207, down seven to T19 with play still in progress.

On an ideal day for scoring, the Northern Irishman mustered just 11 greens in regulation. He did circle five on the card, four from between 11 and 18 feet, but squared three bogeys, including two bogey-6s and a walk-off 5 at the 18th after putting his tee shot into the water. It was a rare hiccup off the tee for the 27-year-old, who found 11 (of 14) fairways and is the current leader in SG: Off-the-tee at a cumulative 4.392.
Jun 4 - 4:22 PM

Rory McIlroy didn't break a sweat on his way toward a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in round two of the Memorial, to get back in the conversation entering the weekend at 7-under 137.

Temperatures approached 90 degrees in Dublin, Ohio, so he did actually break a sweat in that sense, but he made this 6-under 66 look very easy. He gained 1.563 strokes off-the-tee, ranking first in the field through two days. His approach play wasn't spot on, but his flat stick made up the difference. He splashed home three putts from outside 17 feet. The most notable was a 36'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 10th hole. McIlroy made waves by switching back to a conventional putting grip this week, but it's paying off so far as he ranks 34th in the field in strokes gained putting.
Jun 3 - 6:21 PM

Rory McIlroy finally claimed the honors in his home tournament, carrying off the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Club after a stunning finish which ended the hopes of his final round chief rival Russell Knox.

The stats say that McIlroy ended with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 for a 12-under total of 276, enough for a 3 shot victory over Knox and Bradley Dredge, but in reality the story was rather more dramatic. Although for much of the final round it was anything but as McIlroy, who entered the final round with a 3 shot advantage, became becalmed as no-one seemed keen on threatening his victory march. But Knox suddenly emerged as a contender and out of nowhere McIlroy was 1 behind playing the par-5 16th. Cue a monent of magic as the Northern Irishman, who had thus far posted birdies at 4 and 10, and bogeys at 6 and 11, launched a 3-wood 254 yards to the heart of the green. He 2-putted for birdie, watched Knox make bogey and confirmed his win with an eagle-3 at the last with the crowds roaring their acclaim for the local hero. "I don't know if I can put it into words," he said afterwards. "I don't really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on 18.&qu
May 22 - 12:38 PM

Rory McIlroy will head into the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open holding a 3 shot lead over Danny Willett after completing this third lap of The K Club on Sunday morning with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 for a 54-hole total of 9-under 207.

For many at the top of the leaderboard the cold and wet conditions represented a problem on Saturday, but McIlroy was a calm exception, being the only player in the field to keep a bogey off his card. Moreover, in notching red numbers at 4 and 10, par-5s both, he moved to 9-under for the tournament, enough to create a 3 shot overnight advantage over pre-round co-leader Willett. On the resumption both players reeled off pars to maintain the status quo and set up the perfect head-to-head finale for the tournament. McIlroy has missed his previous 3 cuts in the event but looks on course to land his first win since the DP World Tour Championship in November.
May 21 - 4:37 PM

Rory McIlroy added a 2-under-par 36-34=70 to his opening 67 and, at 7-under 137, is just a shot off the pace going into the final two rounds of his home Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

McIlroy was eliminated at halfway in 2013, 2014 and 2015 but this time he's right in the mix to win his home Open for the first time. He trails Masters champion Danny Willett and Scotland's Marc Warren by a single stroke while, on the live leaderboard, it's currently three shots back to Jaco Van Zyl in fourth. There were no fireworks from the Northern Irishman today but he kept the birdie count ticking over with gains at 13, 18, 1, 4 and 9 while squaring bogeys at 17, 3 and 5. For the second round running he piped 10 (of 14) fairways but he hit four less greens in regulation (13) and managed to get up and down just twice in five attempts. McIlroy has taken 62 putts so far but did manage to sink a 20-footer for his walk-off birdie at 9 today.
May 20 - 9:20 AM