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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 steadied a 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the final round of The 146th Open, ending his time at Royal Birkdale on 5-under 275, good for a spot inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard.
It's always fun, but not always productive, to play the what-if game. What if McIlroy didn't start his week with five bogeys in his opening six holes? That's a big if, but if he managed to play those at even par then he'd be winning this event on 10-under. Instead, he he'll settle for a top 5. That may not reach the lofty standards set by McIlroy over his career but it's a great achievement when you consider his form entering the week: MC-T17-MC-MC in his last four worldwide starts. Now that he's flashed a bit of form, McIlroy is sure to be a popular pick when the final major of the year is played at Quail Hollow, a venue where McIlroy has already won twice in his career (2010 and 2015 Wells Fargo Championship). Jul 23 - 12:47 PM

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Rory McIlroy faltered in round three of The 146th Open, the Northern Irishman wasting a fast start and ending the day nine shots behind Jordan Spieth after posting a 1-under-par 32-37=69.

Birdies at 1, 4 and 5 suggested we could be bracing ourselves for a Spieth v McIlroy showdown in Sunday's final round at Royal Birkdale. But Rory played the rest of his afternoon lap in 2-over to end 54 holes at 2-under 208 and in a tie for 11th. That's still impressive from where he was Thursday (+5) but it now looks as if his hopes of a fifth major title and second Open victory will have to wait. After his early burst, McIlroy first hit trouble with a bogey at 7 and he followed it with another at 8. Despite rallying with a birdie at 10, the stuffing was rather knocked out of him with a double bogey-6 at 10 after needing four swings to find the green. He could have retrieved the damage in one hole after putting his second to six-feet at 15 but the putt drifted past. Three closing pars meant he had to be content with a 69, meaning he lost four more shots on Spieth having started the day five behind the American.
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

Winning the battle with the elements, Rory McIlroy twirled a 2-under-par 31-37=68 during round two of The 146th Open, roaring up the leaderboard with a two-day tally of 1-under 139.

McIlroy opened the week with five bogeys in his first six holes. He is 6-under since then, circling eight birdies in his last 26 holes, while swallowing just two bogeys along the way. McIlroy arrived without much form but his confidence is growing rapidly as he fist pumped on par-savers and managed the course brilliantly today. Playing in blustery conditions on Friday, he landed just 9 greens in regulation but needed just 24 putts, thanks to some superb scrambling. Today's 68 beat the field average by more than six strokes, and boosted him up the leaderboard by more than 45 spots. McIlroy posted just one top 20 in his first six Open Championship appearances but since then he's added a WIN and T5 over his last two visits. With his confidence growing, McIlroy is a very serious contender heading into the weekend.
Jul 21 - 9:54 AM

Rory McIlroy fluffed his lines in both his linksland dress rehearsals, can he pull a great performance from nowhere when he enters the greatest stage – The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport?

Great players are great because of their ability to create brilliance from nothing, but none of them ever want to be in that position, and, unfortunately for the Northern Irishman, he is. He appears undecided on a putter, has fretted about his driving, and worried about his wedges; he’s missed the cut at Portstewart and Dundonald Links; he also failed to make the weekend in the U.S. Open; is there anything positive? Well, not really. His record on links as a pro includes seven visits to St Andrews which have reaped six top eight finishes (two Opens, five Dunhill Links Championships). But elsewhere? 12 starts, three top tens (including winning the 2014 Open so let’s not quibble too much), but eight finishes of T25 or worse. He needs to find magic and remind himself that he was T5 last year with the worst of the weather.
Jul 18 - 5:36 AM

Rory McIlroy couldn't repair the damage of an opening 74 and a second-round 1-under-par 33-38=71 saw him miss the cut at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open by two shots.

The Northern Irishman's 36-hole score of 1-over 145 at Dundonald Links saw him crash out at halfway for the third time in four starts after previous missed cuts in the U.S. Open and last week's Irish Open. McIlroy looked to have turned the corner when playing his front nine in 3-under today after birdies at 3, 5 at 7. But there were to be no more red numbers and a double bogey-6 at No. 13 for the second day running put him the wrong side of the cut line and he couldn't find a way back. McIlroy said later he would now head to Royal Birkdale early to get in extra practice for next week's Open Championship. Others to miss the cut include: 144- Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Russell Knox, Martin Kaymer Patrick Reed, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick ... 145- Chris Wood, Peter Uihlein ... 146- Alex Noren (defending champion) ... 149- Martin Laird.
Jul 14 - 2:34 PM

After missing the cut in his home Irish Open last week, Rory McIlroy will hope to make amends with a big performance at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

Rory is playing catch-up after an injury-hit season and this is his last chance to get his game sharp for next week's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in England. The good news is that he boasts plenty of hot form in Scotland despite never having managed a victory at 'The home of golf'. McIlroy is a three-time runner-up (2009, 2011, 2014) in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, was T3 in the 2010 Open at St. Andrews and also posted T5 in last year's Open Championship at nearby Royal Troon. All good in terms of locaton form but he heads to Scotland on the back of a hugely disappointing halfway exit when defending his Irish Open crown last week and a back-door top 20 at the Travelers Championship where he closed with 64. Previously he'd had a month off due to a rib injury. Gamers have to take him on trust a bit this week although, if it clicks, it goes without saying that he can offer handsome reward.
Jul 12 - 9:26 AM

Defending champion Rory McIlroy crashed out of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC with a limp second round of 1-over-par 35-38=73 for a 36-hole total of 1-over 145 which left him five swings shy of making the weekend.

The tournament host refused to blame his off-course duties for his weak display this week, instead saying: "I felt like I was playing well coming in here. I played a lot of links golf last week. I was shooting good scores. I was confident, but back to the drawing board." Other notables that will join McIlroy and get the weekend off include: 141- Thongchai Jaidee, Pablo Larrazabal … 142- Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Victor Dubuisson ... 143- Joakim Lagergren, Alex Levy ... 144- Marc Warren, Robert Rock ... 145- Mikko Ilonen, Graeme Storm, Andrew Johnston ... 146- Thomas Pieters ... 149- Alvaro Quiros, Lee Westwood.
Jul 7 - 2:26 PM

Rory McIlroy is all set to defend his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at new tournament venue Portstewart GC in Co. Londonderry this week.

It took the World No. 4 ten attempts to win his home Open for the first time – will they be like London(derry) buses and, after a long wait, two will come in a rush? Maybe, but the concern has to be that the tournament is this week held on the Causeway Coast, a stretch of brilliant linkslands, but which might not suit McIlroy, who prefers soft conditions, being able to hit the ball high, a lack of wind, and par-5s to attack. Last year, in The Open at Royal Troon, he caught the wrong end of the draw and played superbly, so he can do it. There is the added complication of his recent travails looking for a putter he can trust. Whatever, he needs a win soon and will have big galleries so the energy will be with him. Missed the cut at Royal County Down, T10 at Royal Portrush; similar Northern Irish tests to this week.
Jul 4 - 5:55 AM

Rory McIlroy hasn't added to his majors collection since winning the 2014 PGA and will look to put that right in this week's 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills.

From his stunning wire-to-wire eight-shot victory in this event at Congressional in 2011 to that 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla, the Northern Irishman captured four majors in 15 appearances; he's since gone 0-for-9. That drought, if we can call it that yet, includes five top 10s, including T7 at Augusta National this year. Rory's four major wins have come on less testing venues (his winning scores were -16, -13-, -17 and -16) so he'll be happy to hear Jordan Spieth predicting that double digits under par may be needed at Erin Hills. McIlroy admits he was happy to see rain soften the Wisconsin course earlier this week but doubts remain over his sharpness as this is his first start since T35 at Sawgrass and just seventh tournament of 2017 after absences for back and rib injuries. World No. 2 tees off 2.09 local CDT Thursday alongside fellow major winners Jason Day and Justin Rose.
Jun 14 - 7:32 AM

Rory McIlroy will not be making an appearance at Wentworth next week as he's withdrawn from the BMW PGA Championship, citing an on-going rib injury that flared up before THE PLAYERS. UPDATE: McIlroy will not play the Memorial Tournament, opting for rest ahead of the U.S. Open that starts on June 15th.

McIlroy announced this injury prior to the start of THE PLAYERS, citing increased practice sessions as he tried to dial in some new clubs. He told the European Tour in a statement, "Having had a reaction to my earlier rib injury, I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery which unfortunately means I have to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship next week. It’s a disappointing decision to have to make, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery. I will now continue the process of preparing my game for the US Open and the rest of the season".On the bright side, this appears to be precautionary as he battled through the injury at TPC Sawgrass and the tests after the week showed no new damages, just a flare up. It is hard to gain any momentum, but he should immediately jump back on the radar when he decides to tee it up again.
May 19 - 2:04 PM

World No. 2 and reigning FedExCup champ Rory McIlroy does battle at THE PLAYERS for an eighth time and has a 1:52 PM ET reservation in Round 1 with World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and World No. 10 Justin Thomas.

The newly minted 28-year-old (May 4th) is making his first start since T7 at the Masters and first as a married man, tying the knot on April 22nd. His nine-month experiment with new clubs -- post-Nike-- is over, announcing a long-term deal with TaylorMade on Tuesday that encompasses the full bag (and ball), though he did use the fairway woods at Augusta. The 13-time TOUR winner has yet to win this season though this is just a sixth start, checking in with four top 10s in each of his stroke-play events (T30, Match Play). He missed his first three cuts at TPC Sawgrass but has since posted four straight top-12 finishes; T12 last year (72-64-75-70), preceded by three top 10s, including a best of T6 in 2014.
May 10 - 1:54 PM

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy tacked on a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the 81st Masters for a four-day total of 3-under 285, up four spots to T7, a distant six in arrears of a 2-man playoff involving Justin Rose and eventual champ Sergio Garcia.

This was the 27-year-old's third attempt at the career Grand Slam. In his first two tries, he finished solo 4th in 2015 (his best at the Masters) and T10 last year. After kicking off in 72-73-71, the Ulsterman began on even-par (T11), six adrift of overnight co-leaders Rose and Garcia. He found eight (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, recording 1.44 average putts per hole with one 3-putt. McIlroy squared a lone bogey-4 at the fourth, outpaced with birdie-4s at 2, 8 and 13, and birdie-2 at 16. He didn't depart donning the green jacket but it is a fourth straight top 10 at Augusta National and fourth top 10 of the season in five starts. McIlroy is 4-time major winner in a now-33 major appearances, most recently at the 2014 PGA Championship (Valhalla GC).
Apr 9 - 6:50 PM

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy handed in a 1-over-par 36-37=73 after the second round of the 81st Masters to reach halftime on 1-over 145, currently T13 on the leaderboard and five back of clubhouse leaders Charley Hoffman and Sergio Garcia.

This is the 27-year-old's ninth appearance with six previous top 25s and three consecutive top 10s. He arrived off a T30 at the Match Play with a 1-1-1 record and a Group-Stage exit. The Ulsterman rallied for an even-par 72 on Day 1, going out in 39 but coming home in 33, but didn't have that same finish in him in Round 2. For a second lap in a row, he mustered just five (of 14) fairways and improved by one to 10 greens in regulation, averaging 1.67 putts per hole. The 4-time major winner circled four birdies versus five bogeys, including a walk-off 5 where he got an unlucky break at the 18th. From 140 yards out and in the fairway, his second hit the flag stick and careered off the front of the green, unable to get up-and-down from 22 yards short of the target.
Apr 7 - 4:16 PM

2015 champion Rory McIlroy is hoping for a Woodland repeat in the first round of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, hosted this week by the Austin Country Club.

The Northern Irishman has a career singles winning percentage of 67%, a figure only three men in the field can better. It’s a number which has been mostly built on success in this event, constructing a tournament record of 22-8-1, including a win in 2015, second in 2012 and fourth 12 months ago. His injury disrupted season has seen him log finishes of T2-T7-T4 with plenty of par breakers, but many par busters too (less damaging this week). He’ll kick off the week in Group 2, facing Gary Woodland, who he defeated 4&2 in the 2015 final ("I hope that’s still in his mind," McIlroy joked after the draw), Soren Kjeldsen and Emiliano Grillo. It seems a nice draw, but for what it’s worth (anything?), he arrives on a run of three straight singles defeats (last year’s semi-final and consolation match, then being felled by Patrick Reed in the Ryder Cup). Prior to that stretch he had gone 13 matches without defeat (12-0-1).
Mar 21 - 6:53 AM

Reigning FedExCup champ and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy fashioned a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to conclude on 9-under 279, up four places into a two-way T4, two adrift of champions Marc Leishman, who shot 69.

After rounds of 74-71-65, the 27-year-old (and pre-tourney fave) began in a three-way T8, five shy of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he circled more than enough birdies (7), T1 for the week with 21, but also squared four bogeys, including a sloppy 3-putt from 31'4" at the last, dropping out of shared 2nd. The Ulsterman found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 3.401 strokes approaching-the-green and 5.043 tee-to-green, No. 1 for the week in both of the latter at 9.807 and 13.470, respectfully. Unfortunately, he was 57th (of 72) in SG: Putting at -1.250, lowlighted by a -0.932 in R4, and 51st in SG: Around-the-green. This was McIlroy's first top 10 at Bay Hill in three tries (T11/2015) and third top 10 of the season in three starts, fourth straight dating to his 13th TOUR title at the 2016 TOUR Championship.
Mar 19 - 7:12 PM