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Rory McIlroy

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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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

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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

Reigning FedExCup champ and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy twirled a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a three-day tally of 6-under 210, up 40 spots on the live leaderboard to T6 and tying the low round of the day (and week) with Rickie Fowler. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy is T8, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman.

This was the Ulsterman's 11th career lap at Bay Hill and ties a low, closing last year's edition with the same for T27. After opening in 74-71, he began on 1-over (T46), 11 in arrears of 36-hole leader Charley Hoffman. The 27-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 3.632 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.011 SG: Putting. He circled seven birdies, including three straight at holes 10-12 and back-to-backs at 17 and 18, posting 1.533 putts per GIR and 26 total putts. McIlroy's split included three from between 12 and 20 feet with a long of 19'6" at the par-5 12th.
Mar 18 - 2:32 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 3 Rory McIlroy pieced together a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in today's second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a two-day total of 1-over 145, up 14 spots on the live leaderboard to T44, a distant 11 shots back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman.

The reigning FedExCup champ was the pre-tourney fave at 13/2. This is his third appearance after T11 in 2015 and T27 last year (75-67-75-65). The Northern Irishman kicked off with a sloppy 74 (four birdies, four bogeys, one double) on 11 greens in regulation and -3.288 SG: Putting. In R2, he landed seven (of 14) fairways and 12 GIR, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.750 SGP. The 27-year-old went out in even par, cancelling an eagle-3 at 16 (from 29'10") and birdies at 12 and 18, with bogeys at 10 and 11, and double bogey-5 at 17 (tee ball in the water). He came home in 1-under, scribbling eight pars and birdie-4 at four from 6'10".
Mar 17 - 1:46 PM

Second-round leader and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy sleepwalked to an even-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship to post 10-under 274, down four spots into a three-way T7, four back of playing competitor and champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 68.

After opening in 68-65-70, the 27-year-old began in a two-way T3 on 10-under, two shy of 54-hole leader Justin Thomas, who completed the final threesome. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting a dismal 1.917 putts per GIR and losing 1.632 strokes around-the-green. The Northern Irishman, playing for the first time since P2 seven weeks ago at the BMW SA Open, exchanged two birdies, both from inside of nine feet, with two bogeys, one a 3-putt from 55'8". This was his ninth appearance in the second WGC event of the season and sixth top 10, and 19th overall top 10 in 29 WGC events. He won the 2015 Match Play and the 2014 Bridgestone. On the plus side, it's McIlroy's third straight top 10 on TOUR, dating to T4 at the 2017 HSBC Champions and his playoff win at the TOUR Championship last September.
Mar 5 - 7:15 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy patched together a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship to post 10-under 203, down two spots into a two-way T3, two in arrears of 54-hole leader Justin Thomas, who shot 66.

After kicking off in 68-65, the reigning FedExCup champ led by two over three players, including Thomas. He conjured eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.895 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.054 tee-to-green. The 27-year-old posted 0.915 SG: Off-the-Tee, leading the field in that stat with a cumulative 5.595, but it translated into a pedestrian four-birdie three-bogey effort. Just about all of his action came on the first nine, exchanging three birdies with three bogeys, before playing his inward half in eight pars and a birdie-4 at 11 (from 17 inches). McIlroy is going for his first win of the season in just his second start (T4/HSBC Champions) and 14th overall in his 119th career event, first since his sudden-death win at the season-ending TOUR Championship back in September. That was 23 weeks ago, but just two starts ago, and came from two back with 6-under 64, eventually prevailing in a three-man playoff.
Mar 4 - 6:49 PM

World No. 3 and reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy painted a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship to reach 9-under 133, good for a 2-shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Ross Fisher, and tying the low round of the week with Andy Sullivan/R2.

The 27-year-old piped 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, pacing the field in the latter thru two days at 80.56 percent (29/36). He gained 7.425 strokes tee-to-green, inclusive in that was 5.100 strokes approaching the green. The Northern Irishman, who has a chance to reclaim World No. 1 this week with a win, outpaced bogeys at Nos. 12 and 17, the latter a 3-putt from 21'1", with six birdies and a hole-out eagle at the par-4 14th from 152 yards out. His split featured five conversions from inside of 11 feet with a long of 11'5" at the par-3 13th. McIlroy had a chance for one better, but missed birdie from 39 inches at the par-4 18th.
Mar 3 - 6:50 PM

Rory McIlroy won the battle with Club de Golf Chapultepec during round one of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, styling a 3-under-par 33-35=68 to place his name inside the top 10 on the early leaderboard.

Returning from a rib/back injury, McIlroy showed no signs of that injury today. Although it was altitude-aided, he bombed 10 drives of 310 yards or longer. The longest being a 368-yard poke at the par-5 sixth. He converted that great drive into an eagle after splashing home a 28'3" putt. Most of his damage was accomplished with that aggressive play off the tee, but he walked off the course losing 0.087 strokes approaching-the-green, so his game certainly wasn't in mid-season form. That may be chalked up to rust or perhaps it was the slight stomach bug he played through today. Overall, this was a promising round for gamers and fans who have been awaiting his return.
Mar 2 - 5:40 PM

Reigning FedExCup champ and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy is in the published field at this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and has a chance to regain World No. 1, provided he wins and current No. 1 Dustin Johnson finishes in a two-way tie for 3rd or worse.

It's been nearly seven weeks since the 27-year-old has hit a shot in competition. He missed a putt on the third playoff hole at the BMW SA Open, losing to Englishman Graeme Storm. The next day, Monday, Jan. 16th, an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his ribs, causing him to shut it down. The Northern Irishman preceded the playoff loss with T4 at the WGC-HSBC (11 weeks prior), a 3-2-0 record in the Ryder Cup, and a playoff win at the TOUR Championship. This is his 29th WGC event and he's posted 18 top 10s --second most this week to Jim Furyk's 19 -- highlighted by two wins: 2015 Match Play, 2014 HSBC. McIlroy last held the No. 1-ranking 77 weeks ago, giving way to Jason Day following the 2015 BMW Championship.
Mar 1 - 12:09 PM

An MRI scan revealed bad news for Rory McIlroy's rib, leading to his withdraw from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and leaves his short-term schedule up in the air.

McIlroy mentioned a back injury last week when he was playing at the BMW South African Open. The fact that he injured his back early in the week and still finished second place in the event had many assuming this was a small tweak. The MRI scan revealed otherwise, showing the injury was actually a stress fracture in his ribs. In his full statement to the European Tour, McIlroy said, "In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered." The Northern Irishman was really motivated to do well this week in Abu Dhabi as he continues his climb back toward World No. 1, but that journey will have to wait until the rib is healed. There is no timetable for his return at this time.
Jan 16 - 2:58 PM

Rory McIlroy couldn't break Graeme Storm's resolve despite an excellent final round 4-under-par 33-35=68; his total of 18-under 270 earned him a play-off but a bogey at the third extra hole cost him the BMW South African Open title at Glendower GC.

The good news: for the seventh time in eight seasonal starts the Northern Irishman has pegged a top three finish. The bad news: he still can't find the win. He'll be disappointed, but he may also reflect that his game appeared in strong fettle and he seemed to cope well with a back twinge. Starting the day three shots adrift of Storm he made quiet progress, eating into the leader's advantage, circling 1, 2 and 8. An imperious 6-iron to 20'0" at the par-five 15th earned another birdie, an up-and-down at the 15th a fifth, enough for him to assume a one shot lead. But his tee shot at the par-three 17th was errant and he couldn't escape the bunker at the first time of asking. He saved bogey, but could not find one at 18 in four attempts (once in regulation then in the play-off). Storm was strong and McIlroy's bogey on the third extra hole was decisive.
Jan 15 - 8:34 AM

Rory McIlroy made bogey at the final hole of the tree-lined Glendower GC on his way to a Saturday 5-under-par 33-34=67 which gives him a 54-hole total of 14-under 202, solo second and three behind leader Graeme Storm at the BMW South African Open.

The Northern Irishman's third lap of the course was very reminiscent of his second, containing a late front nine eagle-birdie burst (at 7 and 8 this time, the first coming when he holed out spectacularly from the fairway on the 486-yard par-four) and also a back nine run of consecutive birdies (this time three in three from the 11th). The good news was that it lacked Friday's double bogey, but he did drop one at No. 9, and he also made birdie, rather than bogey, at the par-five second. But having done so much hard work, and again putted impressively, he pulled his tee shot at the the final hole into trees and was always playing catch up thereafter; his 15'0" par putt was never on track. "Drove well for the most part," he said afterwards before admitting he had a little physio work on his back before the round.
Jan 14 - 8:50 AM

Despite a spectacular burst of scoring in the middle of his round, Rory McIlroy had to settle for a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on day two of the South African Open, finishing on 9-under 135 and three behind pacesetter Graeme Storm.

At one point on Friday, the Northern Irishman played a stretch of eight holes at Glendower GC in 8-under. That blitz began with eagle-3 at 8 and was followed by birdies at 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15 after a series of huge drives, towering irons, solid bunker play and a hot putter (he had eight one putts during that streak). Earlier he'd surrounded a birdie at 3 with a pair of 6s, the second for double bogey at 5, and there was an unwelcome twist at the finish as the four-time major winner swallowed bogeys at 17 and 18. A really low one got away from him today but the bottom line is that Rory is T5 after 36 holes and right in the hunt. Later, he shed some light on his slow start: "I thought about pulling out before teeing off today. I tweaked my back somehow and the first few shots today weren't very comfortable." That's obviously a concern for gamers and acts as a warning to those presuming the weekend will be McIlroy victory procession.
Jan 13 - 9:49 AM

Rory McIlroy opened his 2017 campaign strongly, carding seven birdies against two bogeys in a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in round one of the South African Open to land just a shot shy of early clubhouse leader Trevor Fisher, Jr.

The Northern Irishman traditionally comes out of the blocks fast when the calendar year turns although all his good season starters (3-3-2-MC-2-2) have come in Abu Dhabi. This was his first look at Glendower GC and he admitted later there were challenges. "I didn't realise how far the ball went here. It's a long golf course but when it heats up like this, the ball goes a long way. You really have to think your way around, it's a great golf course," said the four-time major winner after registering an average drive of 316 yards, hitting 9 (of 14) fairways, 14 greens in regulation and taking 29 putts. Starting at 10, McIlroy made four straight birdies from Nos. 14-17 and added another at 2. He wobbled with back-to-back bogeys at 4 and 5 after twice failing to get up and down but responded with red circles at 6 and 8.
Jan 12 - 5:58 AM

Rory McIlroy is clear favorite with the bookmakers ahead of the BMW South African Open at Glendower GC – will he live up to the billing as he opens what could be a very exciting year ahead?

It's a tricky one to gauge. The Northern Irishman plays this week as payback for persuading Ernie Els to play the Irish Open – a nice example of the world’s top players boosting golf in their home countries. But what to make of McIlroy’s chances of victory, for anything else would surely seem at least something of a letdown? In the last six years his first appearance of the year has reaped 3-3-2-MC-2-2. Lacking a win, but up against better fields than this one every time. A repeat of the performance would surely see him lift the trophy. In terms of form in the country he’ll hope not to start as he did in this tournament’s 2007 renewal (83-74) or the 2008 Alfred Dunhill Championship (71-72); both led to missed cuts. He’ll prefer to remember a T3 in the 2006 South African Open at Pearl Valley CC. He has new Callaway woods and irons in his bag this week – a clincher to back or swerve him?
Jan 10 - 3:16 PM