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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 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

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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

Rory McIlroy turns his attention to Quail Hollow Club for this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The Ulsterman has enjoyed more than his fair share of success at this venue. His stacked Quail Hollow resume includes a victory in 2010, a runner-up finish in 2012, and another top 10 finish last year. His lone blemish came in 2011 when he was defending his title. With four top-10 finishes in five stroke-play events this season, gamers should expect another dose of top 10 this week.
Apr 30 - 11:49 AM

Rory McIlroy conjured a final-round 3-under-par 34-35=69 at the Masters to end his week at even-par 288.

It could have been much better, as McIlroy squared bogeys on each of the back-nine par 5s at Augusta National Golf Club. His best Masters finish entering this week was a T15 in 2011. It appears highly likely that he will better that this week, as he was tied for ninth at the time of his posting. His top 15 in 2011 was his last major before his breakthrough major championship in the U.S. Open at Congressional, so all systems appear to be in check going forward.
Apr 13 - 4:43 PM

Rory McIlroy opened up the third round of the Masters with a 1-under-par 37-34=71, improving to 3-over 219 for the tournament.

McIlroy was the lone professional in his twosome, going off with a marker and completing his round in just under three hours. He was 2-over through 14 holes before finishing with a flurry. He picked up birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to end his day. While it seems unlikely that he made the kind of move to put himself back into contention, he at least will have a professional walking the fairways with him in Sunday's finale.
Apr 12 - 1:29 PM

Rory McIlroy posted a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his opening round of the Masters.

While he finished just three strokes off the clubhouse lead, he could have been closer. McIlroy circled four birdies, including a pair on par 5s, but he also penciled in three bogeys, two of which as a result of three-putts at Nos. 12 and 18. He used his putter thrice on the par-5 eighth en route to a bogey, but the first strike was from just off the putting surface. It was one of only three greens that he didn't hit in regulation.
Apr 10 - 5:22 PM

Rory McIlroy lit up Golf Club of Houston for a final-round bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 and assumes the Shell Houston Open clubhouse lead at 8-under 280.

He tied the lowest round of the week with that effort. The Ulsterman picked up seven birdies, three on the front nine and four on the back, complimenting them with 11 pars. While five of those birdies were from close range, a pair of them fell from outside 14 feet. He was six strokes off Matt Kuchar's real-time lead at the time of his posting. One has to imagine that McIlroy will now turn his attention towards Augusta National and the Masters with a great deal of confidence after today's masterpiece.
Apr 6 - 1:01 PM