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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's defense of his DP World Tour Championship, Dubai ended with a stunning lap of The Earth Course - a 7-under-par 30-35=65 for a 72-hole total of 12-under 276.
The Northern Irishman, playing the final round alongside Henrik Stenson who has usurped him as #1 on the Race to Dubai, thrashed the course in no less than ten strokes fewer than he needed in round one. Indeed, that opening lap left him stymied for the week as he proceeded to post 68-68 before the final effort. He'll rue a missed opportunity, but leave the U.A.E. with a smile on his face after he painted the course red and yellow. He marked five birdies on the front nine at 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9. There was also one bogey but the highlight was an eagle-3 at the 7th. He went bogey-birdie at 11 and 12, then signed off with a superb two-putt birdie at the 72nd hole. When he signed his card he was T8. Nov 20 - 6:21 AM

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Defending champion Rory McIlroy travels back to The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the European Tour's headline finale – the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

In theory McIlroy retains a chance of finishing first in the Race to Dubai rankings, but having passed on the chance to play in Turkey and South Africa (the opening events of the Final Series), in practice it is highly unlikely (a win would still require Henrik Stenson to finish outside the top 45). If the season-long prize is almost certainly out of reach the weekly one won't be. He's a six-time top five finisher on the course, which includes two victories, and after filling his bag with new equipment and technology ahead of his last start, the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, he finished T4. A winner of the PGA TOUR's season-ending tournament, success this week would sign off a major-free year with something of a flourish, albeit it somewhat make-weight in fashion.
Nov 14 - 1:36 PM

Rory McIlroy finished his week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China with a 6-under-par 34-32=66, rising four spots to T4 and ending his bid on 15-under 273.

That's his fifth top six at Sheshan International GC in just six starts although the Northern Irishman has still to crack the top three. Eight behind leader Hideki Matsuyama at start of play, that's where he finished despite matching his low round of the week. McIlroy had early momentum with gains at 2, 5 and 7 but suffered a momentum stopper after taking six swings at the par-5 8th hole. After two pars, he surged again with birdies at 11, 13, 14 and 16 but his Race to Dubai hopes were hit after a par at 18. Henrik Stenson birdied the closer, edging the Swede a shot in front of McIlroy and taking him above Danny Willett at the top of the standings. For the third day in four, McIlroy hit 14 greens in regulation (T5 on the week), this time after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways. He was T11 in Putts Per GIR after averaging 1.571 on Sunday.
Oct 30 - 4:38 AM

Rory McIlroy surged into the top 10 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China after painting a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in Friday's second round.

That's six behind leader Hideki Matsuyama, whose 65 was the only round to eclipse McIlroy's, and good enough for T7 on the leaderboard, up 17 spots. The Northern Irishman arrived at 7-under 137 after posting seven birdies against a lone bogey today. He picked off par breakers at 2, 5 and 7 on his front nine and converted from 15 feet at 11 and 11 feet at 13 to register two more. His only blemish came via a bogey at 16 after he found trees off the tee but he surrounded that with birdies on the par 5s at 14 and 18. McIlroy is T3 in greens in regulation so far this week after again finding 14 today so the difference was the putter. He needed just 26 swishes on Friday. This was the low one he needed to get back in touch with the leaders so expect the four-time major winner to launch a big weekend challenge.
Oct 28 - 4:06 AM

Rory McIlroy always performs in the WGC-HSBC Champions, can he finally discover the magic ingredient for the win at Sheshan International GC?

The form book looks strong for the Northern Irishman. After some mid-summer misfiring he scooted through the FedEx Cup play-offs, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship. He then played superbly in a losing cause at the Ryder Cup, almost certainly his finest display in European colors. Five visits to the course have also proved successful without ever quite completing the job (four times T6 or better, worst performance last year when T11) and his record in China boasts a win and two seconds at the Hong Kong Open. He's not been seen since Hazeltine, but that's to allow him to rest ahead of the European Tour Final Series and also to accommodate new clubs, since Nike turned away from equipment. Some will argue that is cause for a watching brief, whereas many others will suggest it's only going to make him better player.
Oct 25 - 11:15 AM

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters over-powered Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler 4&2 in the opening foursomes match of Saturday's play at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The European pairing went 2-for-2 for the week with a dominant display which withstood a fightback from an American duo who had stymied themselves with a sloppy start. The first move of the day had come from Fowler, holing from 30' on No. 1 for birdie, but Pieters responded from 25' and McIlroy's 12' birdie on two put them one up. Back-to-back bogeys at 4 and 5 left the Americans 3-down. A 40' par putt from Mickelson on 8 offered hope, as did McIlroy's simple par miss at 9 and a U.S. birdie at 10 (the latter two for hole wins). But ultimately the Americans were making too many errors, especially from the tee. A 12' birdie conversion from Pieters on 15 put Europe 3-up with 3 to play and they won 16 as the Americans chased their last hopes. The Europeans circled 6 birdies and squared 2 bogeys as they played 16 holes in roughly 4-under-par. Their point made the match score 5-4 in Team U.S.A.'s favour.
Oct 1 - 12:22 PM

Rory McIlroy makes his way to Hazeltine National Golf Club as a golfer at the height of his game and ready to impose himself on the 2016 Ryder Cup.

This will be the Northern Irishman's fourth appearance and he has come a long way from the early controversy, pre-2010 debut, of suggesting it was a mere exhibition. He is 3-2-1 in foursomes, 2-0-1 in singles, and surprisingly just 1-2-2 in fourballs, for an overall record of .57% 6-4-4 which is solid rather than spectacular. But if ever a man enters the match on the crest of a wave it must be McIlroy this week: he not only triumphed in last week's Tour Championship, his second victory in the FedEx Cup play-offs after claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship, but also picked up the end-of-season pot of loot and will have seen the reaction of his team-mates at the airport, cheering wildly as his winning putt dropped in the hole. He'll also be buoyed by his improved putting stats, which seem to have been boosted by work with Phil Kenyon in recent weeks and the move away from Nike equipment. Was T3 in the Hazeltine-hosted 2009 PGA Championship, ranking second for Ball-striking.
Sep 27 - 12:08 PM

With a dramatic birdie on the fourth hole of sudden death, 6-seed Rory McIlroy eliminated 14-seed Ryan Moore and won the TOUR Championship as well as the FedExCup, snaring his 13th TOUR title in his 117th career start and pocketing the $10M dollar FedExCup bonus.

The 27-year-old bags his second TOUR win this postseason and second on 18 starts in 2015-16. It's his sixth career come-from-behind victory, second in his last three events, having also heisted the Deutsche Bank with a closing 65, erasing a six-shot deficit to win by two. The Ulsterman began the finale in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with Moore, he fired a week and season-tying-low 64, erasing one bogey with five birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 16th from 137 yards away, matching Moore and Chappell on 12-under 268. In sudden death, McIlroy went toe-to-toe with Moore for three holes, missing two earlier chances to win, but finally dispatched the American with a right-to-left birdie in fading daylight.
Sep 25 - 7:26 PM

6-seed Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the week with a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-32=66 on Moving Day at the TOUR Championship to reach 6-under 204, up two places to T3, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The World No. 3 won the second leg of the Playoffs at TPC Boston in come-from-behind fashion, erasing a six-shot deficit with a closing 65 to clip 54-hole leader Paul Casey by two. He's much closer this time after posting just the fourth bogey-free round of the week thus far. The Ulsterman began R3 in a three-way T5, five shy of Johnson. He finally conquered the first nine at East Lake, circling the par-4 eighth from 4'10" to turn 1-under, adding further birdies at 13 and 16, both from inside of eight feet, and a two-putt from 39'11" for birdie-4 at the 18th. He peppered 17 greens in regulation contributing to 4.306 SG: Tee-to-Green, but lost 1.356 strokes with the flat stick, missing four mid-range scoring chances from inside of 12 feet.
Sep 24 - 4:12 PM

6-seed Rory McIlroy rallied for an even-par 38-32=70 in today's second round of the TOUR Championship to post 2-under 138, up four spots to T3 with play still in progress.

For a second straight lap it was a tale of two nines for the 27-year-old. Thru 36 holes, he's played the first nine holes at East Lake GC in 5-over, and the second nine in bogey-free 7-under. The Northern Irishman overshadowed a birdie-4 at six (from 6'9") with bogey-5s at Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 8 to turn 3-over, the former three failed scrambles and the latter after putting his approach to the par 4 into the water. He came home in blemish-free 3-under, circling the 10th, 12th and 17th, highlighted by a 21-footer for a '3' at the par-4 17th. McIlroy landed seven (of 14) fairways and just 10 greens in regulation, recording 1.600 putts per GIR and 1.316 SG: Putting.
Sep 23 - 5:21 PM

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy twirled a 2-under-par 37-31=68 during round one of the TOUR Championship, cementing a position inside the top 10 at day's end.

The Northern Irishman did most of his damage on the tee box, gaining 2.034 strokes off-the-tee while struggling at times in all other aspects. He missed two putts from inside five feet. His struggles with the irons came at the par-4 eighth when he found water on his approach. That led to a double-bogey 6, which followed up a double bogey immediately prior. McIlroy stormed back with four straight birdies starting at the par-4 12th to salvage the round. This wasn't a perfect round by any means, but he'll end the day inside the top 10 and he also finished with a positive number in strokes gained putting which is huge progress after last week.
Sep 22 - 5:44 PM

Last week's Deutsche Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy kicked off his week at the BMW Championship with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to vault right back into contention.

The Northern Irishman put on a ball-striking clinic, missing just three fairways and landing 16 greens in regulation. He gained 4.238 strokes off-the-tee and approach-the-green, combined, but gave back 1.441 strokes with his short-game play. Back in 2012, he won here at Crooked Stick Golf Club while losing strokes to the field putting. If he maintains this level of ball-striking for three more rounds, we may be looking at a repeat of that 2012 BMW Championship. Entering the week at fourth in the FedExCup race, the 27-year-old will control his FEC destiny at East Lake, as long as he doesn't drop outside of the top 5 at week's end.
Sep 9 - 10:53 AM

Rory McIlroy torched TPC Boston with a 6-under-par 31-34=65 during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to reach 15-under 269 on the week, good for the clubhouse lead as he waits for Paul Casey (-13) to finish his round. UPDATE: McIlroy held on to win by two strokes over Paul Casey, securing his 12th PGA TOUR title and second at TPC Boston.

The 2012 champ rocketed out of the gates, playing the outward nine blemish-free at 5-under 31. His strong putting continued today, as he splashed home three putts from outside nine feet including an 18-footer for birdie at the par-3 eighth and a 22'5" birdie bomb at the par-4 14th. After losing 5.6 strokes putting last week at Bethpage Black, he rebounded this week to gain 5.3 SGP, ranking sixth in the field. It's eerily similar to 2012 when he lost 7.3 strokes putting at Bethpage Black and rebounded with +6.6 SGP en route to victory at TPC Boston. That year, he also went on to win the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, which will play host yet again next week. What's different about this win is that McIlroy was 4-over through three holes in R1 before settling in and racking up the birdies (24) and one eagle. This goes in the books as his 12th PGA TOUR victory but first since the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. He is also projected to jump from 38th to fourth in the FEC standings.
Sep 5 - 1:57 PM

Past champ Rory McIlroy orchestrated a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 9-under 204, up 24 places on the live leaderboard to T6 and matching the 54-hole clubhouse mark of Louis Oosthuizen. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy is in a four-way T7, six adrift of leader Paul Casey.

The 2012 champ kicked off with bogey-5 at the first (failed scramble), but bounced back with a 27-incher for birdie at the par-5 second. After missing birdie from 5'1" at the fourth, he reeled off four straight circles on Nos. 5-8. The 27-year-old played his next six holes in birdie-less 2-over, eating a one-putt double bogey-6 at the 12th, but righted the ship with an eight-footer for birdie-3 at 15 and walked-off with an eagle at the par-5 18th after hitting his approach from 210 yards to 32 inches. He registered 1.538 putts per GIR and at last check, 1.108 SG: Putting.
Sep 4 - 3:56 PM

Past champ Rory McIlroy rebounded from an opening 71 to post a 4-under-par 33-34=67 on Day 2 of the Deutsche Bank Championship, up 38 places on the live leaderboard to T29 on 4-under 138.

The 2012 winner's first-round 71 featured four birdies against one bogey and a triple bogey-7. He landed 13 greens in regulation and posted 1.769 putts per GIR and -0.125 SG: Putting. The world No. 5 digressed to 12 GIR in Round 2 but improved to 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.314 SG: Putting. He squared bogey-5s on holes 4, 6 and 13, which included a "save" for bogey at the sixth from 11 feet. McIlroy circled seven birdies, including three straight on 7-9, five from greater than 10 feet with a long of 18'4" at the par-3 third.
Sep 3 - 5:23 PM