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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 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

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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

Rory McIlroy settled for a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 2-under 140, up 16 spots to T17 with play still in progress.

The 27-year-old opened his fifth appearance at The Barclays with a three-birdie three-bogey 71 and outpaced two bogeys in R2 with four birdies. He'll head to the weekend with a tinge of disappointment however, squaring his two bogeys today over his final four holes. The Ulsterman swallowed bogey-5s at 15 and 16 for a second day in a row, the former a 3-putt from 58'11". Prior to the indifferent finish, he circled birdie-4s on each of the three par 5s, adding birdie-3 at the sixth. McIlroy's longest conversion was 6'6" at the par-5 13th and is currently 110th in SG: Putting with a cumulative -3.426, while 3rd in SG: Tee-to-Green (6.817). Wielding a Scotty Cameron mallet this week, he reached the midpoint T79 in putts per GIR at 1.857.
Aug 26 - 1:49 PM

Rory McIlroy arrives at Bethpage State Park ranked just 36th in the FedExCup standings as he preps for a run in the Playoffs, starting with this week's Barclays.

The Northern Irishman is 11-for-14 on the season, with just one podium finish, a T3 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. That is a bit misleading, though, as he's finished 12th or better in 8-of-14 starts. This week he'll take on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park for the third time in competition. His debut came at the 2009 U.S. Open when he finished T10. Three years later he settled for a T24 at the 2012 Barclays. During that 2012 edition he ranked first in strokes gained tee-to-green, but dead-last of all 75 golfers that made the cut in terms of strokes gained putting, losing 7.267 strokes on the week. If he could have putted to field average that week he would have finished in second place at 8-under. The flat stick will be the big question mark this week, but he certainly sets up well tee-to-green for this 7,468-yard Tillinghast Design.
Aug 23 - 1:33 PM

Rory McIlroy lifted the Wanamaker trophy in 2012 and 2014 and will hope to add to that even-numbered sequence with another triumph in this year's PGA Championship at Baltusrol Country Club.

The Northern Irishman preceded those two wins with a pair of thirds in 2009 and 2010 so this is by far his best major. Quickly contrast it to the Masters where he hasn't managed a single top four. McIlroy feels his long, straight driving (he's 7th in Total Driving this year) is an ideal fit for Baltusrol and his game looks to be trending in the right direction after a battling T5 from the wrong side of the draw in the Open Championship. The four-time major winner has a victory (Irish Open) and three other top fives in his last five worldwide starts and shares top spot in the betting with Dustin Johnson. He'll start his bid from the 10th tee at 08:30 ET Thursday alongside defending champion Jason Day and 2005 Baltusrol winner Phil Mickelson.
Jul 27 - 7:09 AM

World No. 4 and past champ Rory McIlroy authored a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in today's final round of The 145th Open to conclude his eighth appearance on 4-under 280, up 13 places to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy finished in a three-way T5, 16 shots back of champion Henrik Stenson.

The 2014 champ at Royal Liverpool returned after missing last year's edition with an ankle injury to post rounds of 69-71-73, beginning the finale on even-par, 12 strokes back of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson. He made more waves this week with his negative comments on golf's return to the upcoming Olympics and then breaking his 3-wood in anger on the par-5 16th during R3. The Ulsterman rewarded gamers who stuck with him for the final round, carding six birdies against two bogeys on 15 greens in regulation. His 67 is the low round of the day in the clubhouse, should net him a sixth top 10 of the season in 13 starts, and is a nice bounce-back from a missed cut at the U.S. Open. UPDATE: Stenson had the low round of the day with 63.
Jul 17 - 11:58 AM

Rory McIlroy struggled to work through the gears as he carded a final round level-par 37-34=71 to finish solo third at the 100th Open de France on 6-under 278.

The Northern Irishman trailed 54-hole leader Thongchai Jaidee by 2 as he hit the first tee, but that was as close as he would get to the eventual champion throughout the entire day. Because as the Thai golfer played his opening 13 holes in 3-under, McIlroy was treading water, with a bogey at No. 3 and 12 pars. When he finally posted red at 14 it was too little too late and he never broke par again as he finished 5 behind the winner. McIlroy was stymied on the final day by his inability to hit the greens: he missed 6 of them in regulation and although he successfully scrambled 5 out of 6 times, the die was cast. He needed 60 putts on the weekend.
Jul 3 - 11:57 AM