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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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At 7-over-par 73-74=147, Rory McIlroy will miss the cut at The Honda Classic.
Blame whatever you want, but playing partner Brooks Koepka crafted a 6-under 64 today. Rather, McIlroy just never gave himself a chance to make a run. He missed half of both his fairways and greens in regulation. That led to eight bogeys and two doubles, so the five birdies he holed were far too few to secure a tee time in the third round. This is his first MC anywhere since the Irish Open last June. It's his first MC on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship and it's his first official MC in a non-major on TOUR since the 2012 Memorial. The world's top-ranked player will try again at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he'll be a favorite. In fact, given that he won't have to deal with the scheduling snafus at PGA National due to the inclement weather, today's failure may wind up as a net-positive over a two-week period. Feb 27 - 4:45 PM

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With birdies on his final two holes, Rory McIlroy salvaged a 3-over-par 38-35=73 in his opening round of The Honda Classic.

This isn't the opening to the season that he would have preferred, but McIlroy actually scored about as well as his game allowed him today. He striped eight (of 14) fairways, but hit only eight greens in regulation in what were easily the most challenging conditions of the day. He opened the round by find out of bounds right at the par-4 first hole, which he double-bogeyed. After a birdie-4 at No. 3, he went bogey-double bogey to fall to 4-over through five. He drilled a birdie conversion from 21'1" at the par-4 eighth, but dropped shots at 11 and 14 to bottom out at 5-over. The turning point occurred at his penultimate hole where the Ulsterman rolled in his birdie try from just outside 32 feet. His birdie-4 at the last was textbook. McIlroy found the middle of the green with his long-iron approach and two-putted. He walked off positioned eight strokes off the overnight lead, but he's poised to pounce in Friday's morning wave.
Feb 26 - 5:51 PM

Rory McIlroy turns his attention to PGA National for his 2014-15 debut at this week's Honda Classic.

McIlroy was nice enough to give the other PGA TOUR golfers a head start in the FedExCup race but his ramp up to The Masters begins now. Since the TOUR Championship, he has played four events overseas, posting two runner-ups, a T15, and a victory in his latest. The Ulsterman couldn't hang onto the 54-hole lead at last year's Honda but he does still have a trophy from 2012. McIlrory is the clear-cut favorite anywhere he tees it up, so gamers should not shy away from throwing him onto their rosters.
Feb 25 - 8:56 AM

Rory McIlroy was never threatened in the final round and cruised to a three-shot victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a closing 2-under-par 35-35=70.

McIlroy eased his way to a winning total of 22-under 266 by playing mainly conservative golf. He didn't aim at the flags, hit 16 greens in regulation and denied the chasing pack any sniff of victory. Four shots clear at start of play, the Northern Irishman birdied the third but, with none of his closest rivals getting in a blow, even a bogey at seven didn't cause any ripples of panic. McIlroy calmly birdied the first of the two back-nine par fives -- 10 and 13 -- and closed out victory with five straight pars. His win here in 2009 was his first as a pro; this latest victory gives him a 10th European Tour triumph from 145 starts. It also ends a run of four second places in five worldwide starts and extends his lead at the top of the world rankings. McIlroy, whose 22-under matched the tournament's lowest winning total in relation to par, said, "I did what I needed to do today. I didn’t play quite as well as the first three days but I played a solid round of golf."
Feb 1 - 7:51 AM

Rory McIlroy stepped on throats in his third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-36=66.

McIlroy split only four (of 14) fairways and needed to go 5-for-5 in scrambling, but he did. He also picked off six birdies, five of which on his first eight holes. Since concluding his opening round with a bogey-5 at the ninth hole, he's played 36 consecutive in bogey-free 14-under. At 20-under 196, he enters the final round at Emirates Golf Club with a four-stroke cushion of Morten Ørum Madsen. Lee Westwood sits along in third six swings adrift of his fellow Ryder Cupper. Now, before you assume that McIlroy is a shoe-in to take the trophy, consider that Charl Schwartzel surrendered a five-shot advantage at this juncture in South Africa three weeks ago and Martin Kaymer coughed up a six-swing margin after 54 holes the following week in Abu Dhabi. Neither won. McIlroy hasn't yet, either.
Feb 1 - 12:20 AM

Rory McIlroy birdied the final three holes in a sparkling 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 14-under and assume a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Teeing off in the afternoon, McIlroy was seven behind clubhouse leader Marc Warren but there was an air of inevitably that he'd reel him in. He did, thanks to a blemish-free card featuring eight birdies and no bogeys. The four-time major winner started fast with par breakers at the second, third and fifth and added two more at 10 and 11 to move two shots back. He missed several chances over the next few holes but pressed again at the finish and birdied 16, 17 and 18 to cruise past Warren and put himself in golden position to win this tournament for the second time. "That was good," said McIlroy. "Lovely to finish with three birdies and get into the lead going into the weekend. I feel like all aspects of my game are in good shape."
Jan 30 - 7:58 AM

Rory McIlroy made it look easy in a seemingly effortless 6-under-par 34-32=66 on day one of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

In calm morning conditions at the Emirates, McIlroy gave himself numerous looks at birdie and converted seven of them before a closing bogey denied the world No. 1 a share of the clubhouses lead. Two opening par breakers set the tone and a tap-in birdie at 18 completed a front nine of 32. He hit the gas with further birdies at three, five, six and eight before missing the green at the difficult par-4 ninth hole and failing to get up and down for par. Fast starts in this event are routine for McIlroy. Before today's 66, his last five opening rounds at the Emirates were 63, 66, 65, 68 and 64.
Jan 29 - 4:25 AM

Rory McIlroy finished runner-up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for a fourth time although this one wasn't as hard to take.

Seven behind Martin Kaymer at start of play, the World No. 1 admitted he was playing for second place. He achieved it with a 6-under 34-32=66 final round but not in the way he expected. While Kaymer suffered a shock collapse, Frenchman Gary Stal took the title with a 65, meaning McIlroy's final total of 18-under was one shot short. The Northern Irishman sprinkled seven birdies over his card and so nearly holed his bunker shot for eagle at 18 which would have put him in a playoff. McIlroy was majestic from tee to green this week but said his putting cost him. He revealed it only improved when caddie JP Fitzgerald helped him read the greens in the final round.
Jan 18 - 8:31 AM

The first hole-in-one of Rory McIlroy's European Tour career moved him to within two shots of the lead at the midpoint of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McIlroy's ace at the 15th was the highlight of a 6-under-par 35-31=66 that left him breathing down the neck of leader Martin Kaymer. "As soon as it left the bat, it looked like it had a chance," said McIlroy. "First one ever in competition as a pro, so obviously beers are on me tonight." The Northern Irishman is 11-under at halfway and, once more, in great position to win this title having finished runner-up three times. McIlroy was fast out of the blocks with two opening birdies before a bogey at six. He opened the back nine with another pair of par breakers before draining his tee shot at the 177-yard par-3 15th. A final birdie at 18 rounded off a 66 which saw him hit a series of imperious drives and find 16 greens in regulation.
Jan 16 - 8:41 AM

Rory McIlroy birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot a five-under-par 31-36=67 on day one of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

A three-time runner-up in this event, McIlroy was outshone by playing partner Rickie Fowler in the early stages. Starting at the par-5 10th, the Northern Irishman birdied his opening hole but was sluggish after that with seven pars and a bogey at 17. He caught fire with a birdie at the 439-yard par-4 third and circled further par breakers at four, five, seven and eight to color his card with a sea of red. That burst took him into the top five -- two behind early clubhouse leader Thomas Pieters -- and completed an excellent morning's work.
Jan 15 - 5:15 AM

Rory McIlroy is taking a pass on next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The world's top-ranked golfer won thrice consecutively in 2013-14 to qualify for the limited field at Kapalua, but he wasn't expected to accept the invitation. After sharing second place at the DP World Tour Championship on Nov. 23, he made it clear when he would resume competing after the holidays. "I'm not playing golf but I've got a few other commitments and things to do," McIlroy said, referring to his plans following the Australian Open at the end of November. "But I'll have a little bit of downtime over Christmas and New Year's, which will be nice. I'll start practicing again early on in the new year and getting ready for Abu Dhabi." The lid-lifter on the European Tour's Desert Swing is scheduled for Jan. 15-18.
Jan 2 - 5:47 PM

With the DP World Tour Championship complete, Rory McIlroy officially won the 2014 Race to Dubai.

McIlroy clinched the season-long award following last week's Turkish Airlines Open, but needed to wait out the finale before putting his mitts on the hardware. Instead of coasting to the finish line, the 25-year-old shared second place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai today, just two strokes off the pace of two-time defending champion Henrik Stenson. This is McIlroy's second R2D title in three seasons. "Winning it for the first time two years ago was a fantastic feeling," he said a week ago, "but I feel like I’m now a more complete player and my all-round game has moved to another level. I've put in a lot of hard work this season, with my game and my fitness, so it’s nice to get the rewards at the end of it." All told, the Ulsterman went 13-for-14 on the European Tour this season with four wins and a trio of runner-up finishes.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Rory McIlroy announced that his ongoing legal dispute will force him to miss playing time in the coming weeks.

The Irish Independent reported that the world's top-ranked golfer will take a pass on either the BMW Masters (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) or the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (Nov. 6-9). If he sits out both, he's unlikely to skip the DP World Tour Championship on Nov. 20-23. The annual stop in Dubai concludes the European Tour season.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Rory McIlroy disposed of Rickie Fowler 5 and 4 in singles at the Ryder Cup to put the first point on the board today.

McIlroy was absolutely on fire, recording seven birdies and an eagle while dropping just one hole the entire match. With the Europeans only needing four (of 12) points in the final session to retain the Ryder Cup, the Ulsterman has the momentum headed in the right direction for the home team. Europe now leads 11-6. McIlroy ends the week at Gleneagles with a 2-1-2 record, with his wins coming in the final two sessions. Despite competing in all five sessions, Fowler was unable to collect a win and finishes the week 0-2-3.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 09:55:00 AM

With birdies at the 17th and 18th holes, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia secured a halve with Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in their foursomes match at the 40th Ryder Cup.

The American staked a 2-up lead with a par-4 at the 15th hole. The teams traded birdie-4s at 16. McIlroy then drilled home a long birdie at the par-3 17th to set up the chance for half a point. They converted at the par-5 18th when Garcia's birdie try disappeared. Fowler had a look for the win on the same green, but his attempt never threatened. Fowler and Walker went 0-0-2 today, although the swing of emotions for both sat on opposite ends of the spectrum. With this split, Europe maintains the outright lead overall, 4-3.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 01:14:00 PM