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Rory McIlroy

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

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Four-time major champion and World No. 7 Rory McIlroy stumbled to a 2-over-par 37-37=74 in the final round of the 2018 Masters, dropping three places to T5 on 9-under 279, a distant six in arrears of overnight leader and champion Patrick Reed, who shot 71.
In his fourth attempt at the career Grand Slam, the 28-year-old fell short, again. After kicking off with 69-71-65, he began three shy of playing competitor Reed. The Ulsterman mustered eight (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation, recording 1.67 putts per GIR. After nearly hitting his drive OB at the first, he managed a par-saver from six feet and then missed eagle at 2 from 4 feet. The tap-in birdie, which felt like bogey, was one of only three on the round versus five squares, lowlighted by missed par-savers from five feet at 5 and 11, another from seven feet at the par-5 eighth, and a 3-putt bogey at 14 from 28 feet. This is his fifth top 10 in 10 appearances and fifth straight. Overall, it's his 17th top 10 in 37 majors and second of the season in seven starts, joining his win at Bay Hill two starts ago. Apr 8 - 9:03 PM

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Eyeing his first green jacket, World No. 7 Rory McIlroy fired a week-tying-low, bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of the 2018 Masters to post 11-under 205, up two spots to solo 2nd, three shy of 36-and 54-hole leader Patrick Reed, who he'll be paired with in the final twosome on Sunday.

The 28-year-old is chasing his fifth major title in 37 tries, first since the 2014 PGA as 54-hole leader. This is his fourth attempt at the career Grand Slam, finishing 4th, T10 and T7 in the last three Masters, respectively. The Ulsterman is also eyeing a 15th TOUR title in 138 events, second this season in seven starts. At Bay Hill two starts ago, he came from two back with a week-tying-low 64 to win by three. After opening in 69-71, the Jupiter, Florida, resident began T4, five back. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, needing just 23 total putts. McIlroy carded five birdies at holes 3, 4, 6, 15 and 18, four from between 16 and 20 feet, adding a pitch-in eagle-3 at 8 from 23 yards away. This was his 37th round at ANGC and matches his best shot in R1 in 2011. He rode that to a four-shot lead thru 54 holes but closed with 80 for T15.
Apr 7 - 7:23 PM

Rory McIlroy tossed together a 1-under-par 37-34=71 during the second round of the Masters Tournament, good for an early share of the clubhouse co-lead alongside Jordan Spieth on 4-under 140.

McIlroy found just half of the possible 14 fairways but recovered nicely to pelt 12 greens in regulation. He gained some confidence early in the round with a 30 footer for birdie at the par-5 second hole. McIlroy would add another from long distance at the par-4 14th. Despite those two long-distance conversions, McIlroy reeked of disappointment after the round, saying he felt he left a few strokes out on the course with some putts that didn't drop on his way into the clubhouse. Despite his lack of perfection, McIlroy has a lot to be pleased with through 36 holes. Most importantly, he's avoided anything higher than a bogey this week. Keeping those big numbers off his card will be crucial if he wants to complete the career grand slam come Sunday afternoon.
Apr 6 - 4:41 PM

Starting his bid for the career grand slam, Rory McIlroy styled a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the Masters Tournament, giving him a share of fourth place, three off the early pace set by Jordan Spieth.

McIlroy has been the king of backdoor top 10s here at Augusta National but he's gotten off to a quick start this time around. This will be his best positioning after R1 since the infamous 2011 edition where he led wire-to-wire thru 54 holes until he unraveled on Sunday. Today it was all about placement off the tee, missing just two (of 14) fairways to set up plenty of manageable approach shots. That included the opening hole where a monster drive gave him 131 yards left and he stuck it to 19 feet before splashing it home for birdie. McIlroy picked up the remainder of his birdies on the par 5s. This will go in the books as just his second opening round in the 60s here at Augusta National.
Apr 5 - 7:26 PM

Rory McIlroy makes a tenth visit to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club this week and hopes to celebrate by completing the career grand slam.

It is not just the fact that in 2011 McIlroy blew a 4-shot 54-hole lead that makes that week's performance stand out. It is also the only visit (in nine) he has broken 70 in round one. The fact he has only twice done so in round two doesn't help his long-standing victory search. Nor does the fact he has five times (each in a different year) lapped in at least 77 swings. All that said, if he can get himself back into contention his recent record in the final round is strong: four out of his last five Sunday circuits were sub-70, albeit when never closer than five from the lead in the morning. Only on his debut has he averaged less than 29 putts per round; it's a devalued stat with which to grade a player, but it does hint at an ongoing problem. The flipside is that the 64 he won the Palmer Invite with was scintillating. More of that and he can contend.
Apr 3 - 4:21 AM

Group 6 top seed Rory McIlroy crashed out of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club with a 5-and-3 drubbing at the hands of pool winner Brian Harman.

Following his Wednesday 2-and-1 defeat to Peter Uihlein, McIlroy was always playing catch up and requiring results to go his way. Besting Jhonattan Vegas on Thursday got him some of the way to that aim, but he was never at the races Friday. He failed to make the par-4 third green in two on his way to a losing bogey and conceded the fifth when he needed all four regulation swings just to find the putting surface. A miserable front nine was concluded with a three-putt to go 3-down. Harman drained for a winning birdie at 12 from 20'11", but handed McIlroy a tiny lifeline by conceding the 13th, however the Northern Irishman returned to his trend for the day when conceding 15 and with it the match. His week log book read 1-2-0 and he has a lob-sided record in this event: a win and two semi-final appearances, but now six times he has failed to make the last 16.
Mar 23 - 2:26 PM

Seed No. 6 Rory McIlroy bounced back from a day-one loss by winning 2-and-1 over Jhonattan Vegas during round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, giving McIlroy a 1-1-0 record ahead of Friday's showdown with Brian Harman.

Coming in fresh off a win at Bay Hill, McIlroy looked flat in his Wednesday matchup against Peter Uihlein. McIlroy stormed the back nine in that match but it was too late at that point. Today he made sure to avoid that slow start, playing steady, 2-birdie, 1-bogey golf before the turn. He was blemish-free after the turn while also picking up two more birdies. With this win, McIlroy keeps his hopes alive in terms of advancing out of Group 6. Tomorrow he will face Brian Harman (1-0-1) while Jhonattan Vegas (0-1-1) will square off with Peter Uihlein (1-1-0). Vegas is the only one of the bunch that is mathematically eliminated.
Mar 22 - 5:00 PM

Playing out of the penultimate twosome, World No. 13 Rory McIlroy erased a two-shot deficit with a week-tying-low, bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach 18-under 270, up two spots on the day and good for a three-shot victory over runner-up Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 68 out of the final pairing. UPDATE: McIlroy moves six places to 7th in OWGR. This was his seventh come-from-behind win (third consecutive) in 13 stroke-play victories.

The 28-year-old, a pre-tourney 16/1 outright, bags his 14th TOUR title in 136 events, first since the 2016 TOUR Championship 19 starts and 18 months ago. This was his fourth straight API, third top-11 finish, and second consecutive top 5 (T4/2017). The Ulsterman improves to 3-for-5 on the season with two top 25s (T20, Genesis), and arrived off a missed cut at last week's Valspar. After opening in 69-70-67, he began in solo 3rd, two shy of leader Henrik Stenson. The Jupiter, Florida, resident hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 6.055 strokes tee-to-green. He carded eight birdies at holes 6, 7, 9, 13-16 and 18, five from between 10 and 25 feet, adding a 16-footer from the fringe at 13 and a pitch-in 3 at 15 from 41'9" away. McIlroy, who employed a new 34.25-inch flat stick this week, posted 1.615 putts per GIR with 24 total putts, and 2.400 SG: Putting, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 10.027.
Mar 18 - 7:16 PM

World No. 13 Rory McIlroy authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach 10-under 206, up seven places on the live leaderboard to solo 4th and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy is solo 3rd, two back of leader Henrik Stenson, and will be in the penultimate twosome on Sunday with Justin Rose.

The Jupiter, Florida, resident is in position for his 14th TOUR title in 136 events, first since the 2016 TOUR Championship 19 starts and 18 months ago. At East Lake, he came from two back with 6-under 64 and won a three-man playoff (Kevin Chappell, Ryan Moore). The 28-year-old hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.551 strokes off-the-tee and 0.467 approaching-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 11, silenced by four birdies at 4, 9 (from 12'5'), 16 and 18, adding eagle-3 at 12 from 8'7". The Ulsterman, who employed a new 34.25-inch flat stick this week, posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 1.760 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. He's currently two swings back of the leader on the course Henrik Stenson, who's playing the par-5 16th.
Mar 17 - 5:28 PM

Rory McIlroy pieced together a 2-under-par 36-34=70 during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, keeping his name near the top of the leaderboard with a two-day tally of 5-under 139.

The Northern Irishman started his day on the 10th tee and kept a clean card until just after the turn. The highlight of the outward nine was a 25'5" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th. Surprisingly, he settled for par on both of the par 5s, two of the three easiest holes on the course. That is the story of the week for the big hitter who is just 3-under on the par 5s for the week, putting himself out of position with errant tee shots. On the bright side, McIlroy is feeling confident on the greens, currently second in the field in strokes gained putting with a 36-hole total of +5.876 strokes gained putting at the moment. If McIlroy can straighten out the big stick, he should make a big move up the weekend leaderboard at the Palmer Invite.
Mar 16 - 1:38 PM

World No. 12 Rory McIlroy is in Palm Harbor, Florida, for his Valspar Championship debut and heads out on Thursday at 7:45 am ET with Justin Rose and 2011 champion Gary Woodland, Woodland being the most-recent player to win the Valspar in his first appearance. UPDATE: McIlory missed the cut by two shots on 5-over 74-73=147.

McIlroy is one of 28 first-timers in the 144-man field and yet second-highest in pre-tourney odds outright (to 2015 champ Jordan Spieth) at 12/1. His last start was an uninspiring T59 at the Honda two weeks ago, where he finished 17 shots behind champion Justin Thomas on 9-over 289 (72-72-73-72). At the Honda, the Florida resident ranked 75th -- last of those that made the cut -- in "3+ bogeys", losing seven shots to par at the par-3 17th alone with a triple bogey-6 and quadruple bogey-7. He slotted 73rd in SG: Approach (-4.867) and 71st Around (-2.255). This is the Ulsterman's fourth start of the season with one top 25, a T20 at the Genesis. He qualified for, but didn't play in last week's WGC-Mexico. Remarkably, the 28-year-old has not won anywhere since a P1 at the 2016 TOUR Championship nearly 18 months ago, which also won him the FedExCup.
Mar 7 - 5:24 PM

Rory McIlroy is one of five golfers that are qualified but not committed to this week's WGC-Mexico Championship, joining Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, and Hideki Matsuyama as DNPs.

McIlroy hasn't spoken much on his reason for skipping this event but he did say, "I think that's definitely a better way to do it, to go L.A., Mexico, then Florida." when asked about whether he'll be back next year when the schedule changes. Having played the last three weeks, we can chalk this DNP up to scheduling for now. Staying active before the Masters this year, McIlroy has already pegged it five times, worldwide, in 2018. After this week off he is scheduled to go Valspar-API-Match Play before one week of rest then the Masters. On top of the schedule, McIlroy is really looking to peak for Augusta National this year and he may feel that a week in altitude might do more harm than good.
Feb 26 - 8:59 AM

Making his season and tournament debut, World No. 8 Rory McIlroy, a pre-tourney 11/1 outright, labored to an even-par 38-34=72 in his third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Pebble Beach Golf Links and at 1-under 214, missed the scheduled 54-hole cut by two shots.

The Top 60 and ties at the AT&T Pro-Am move forward to Sunday's final round. A total of 75 pros from a field of 156 pros made the cut on 3-under 212, 16 players T60 on the number. McIlroy began swimmingly with a 4-under 68 (Spyglass Hill) but got behind the 8-ball with a 3-over 74 (Monterey Peninsula) on Day 2. For the short week, the 28-year-old squared 11 bogeys and one double, slightly outpaced by 14 birdies. He was T43 in driving accuracy, T92 in greens in regulation, and 137th in putts per GIR (1.886). Other notable early exits include: 213- Chris Kirk; J.B. Holmes; Patrick Reed .. 214- Gary Woodland; Maverick McNealy .. 216- Kevin Kisner .. 217- Adam Scott .. 220- Paul Dunne .. 221- Austin Cook .. 225- Graeme McDowell .. 226- Kelly Kraft.
Feb 10 - 7:47 PM

Rory McIlroy will be making his tournament debut, and 2018 stateside debut, at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Northern California.

McIlroy is on a mission to return to the top after an injury-plagued 2017 dropped him from 2nd to 11th in the Official World Golf Rankings over the course of the year. He's already made a few splashes on the European Tour in 2018, posting 18-under 270 at the Abu Dhabi Championship and 22-under 266 at the Dubai Desert Classic. He finished T3 and runner-up in those two starts. Scheduled to play with his father, Gerry, this week, McIlroy will be making his tournament debut (MC at the 2010 U.S. Open his only course form). This could be used as a nice tune-up ahead of a busy PGA TOUR season he has planned but the laid-back atmosphere may also lead to some low scores for the Northern Irishman. Gamers should expect big things from McIlroy in 2018.
Feb 6 - 9:05 AM

Rory McIlroy failed in his bid to win a third Dubai Desert Classic; his final round 3-under-par 33-36=69 came up one swing shy of Hao Tong Li on 22-under 266 over the Majlis course at Emirates GC in the United Arab Emirates.

Solo second and a grand total of 40-under through 144 holes in the last fortnight will be little consolation in the short term. He had the tournament in his grasp and let it slip. However that might also prompt a return of the killer instinct which is all that was missing. On the front nine he made two birdies to pull level with playing partner and overnight leader Li. His red number at 10 and Li's blue one gave him a sudden two-shot advantage whereupon the first of two back nine slips occurred: tee shot into sand, tricky recovery, two-putt bogey. He couldn't answer Li's birdies at 13 and 15 then made a terrible mess of 16, needing four strokes to find the putting surface on his way to bogey. Now adrift he made he played an exquisite chip which left him a tap-in birdie at 17 and found the green for a two-putt par breaker at the last but Li was strong, equalling both of those numbers to win. "Pissed off," he said. "The competitor in me is very disappointed right now."
Jan 28 - 8:08 AM