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Rory McIlroy

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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Defender and two-time champ Rory McIlroy stumbled to a 3-over-par 38-36=74 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship and at 4-over 72-74=146, missed the cut by one shot.
A total of 79 players from a field of 96 made the cut of 3-over 145, 11 players T69 on the number. McIlroy, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, misses the cut at TPC Boston for the first time in seven appearances and MCs for the first time in 13 FedExCup Playoffs events that have a cut. The World No. 4 and reigning FEC champ circled six birdies in 36 holes, overshadowed by six bogeys and two doubles, but will advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks at a projected 50th in the FEC standings. It's his second MC of the season in 13 starts (U.S. Open). Other notable early exits include: 146- 2014 FEC champ Billy Horschel; Chris Stroud; Adam Scott; Chad Campbell .. 147- David Lingmerth .. 149- Danny Lee; Charles Howell III .. 152- Ollie Schniederjans. Sep 2 - 7:26 PM

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Two-time champ Rory McIlroy makes his way back to Norton, Massachusetts, for a seventh appearance at this week's Dell Technologies Championship.

The Northern Irishman has two wins and a T5 at TPC Boston. He certainly has a good feel for the layout. More recently, he arrives with top 25s in four of his last four starts, including a pair of top 5s. After intially stating he may sit out the Playoffs, McIlroy has since committed and said he's hungry to add a win before the calendar year is over. The rib injury has not hurt his driving of the golf ball as he ranks first on TOUR in strokes gained off-the-tee. At 43rd in the FedExCup standings, McIlroy could use a top-heavy finish to soar up the FEC leaderboard.
Aug 30 - 1:13 PM

Rory McIlroy has his eyes on the winner's circle as he preps for THE NORTHERN TRUST this week in Old Westbury, New York.

McIlroy ended his injury-riddled regular season with a T22 at the PGA Championship. He managed just 11 starts, with six of them landing inside the top 10 to sit 44th in the FedExCup race. While a majority of TOUR golfers would be satisified with this campaign, there is something very obvious missing for someone of his caliber. A victory. McIlroy has secured a worldwide win in each of the last eight years but hasn't found the winner's circle since his win at last year's TOUR Championship. After the PGA Championship, McIlroy admitted to being overworked as he tried to practice/play his way back into form, but now he's well-rested and ready to make a run at defending his FedExCup crown.
Aug 23 - 2:39 PM

Rory McIlroy scraped a second round 1-over-par 35-37-72 to post a 36-hole total of 2-over 144 in the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club, good for the weekend and T32 in live scoring, but fully ten swings back of the clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner.

The Northern Irishman’s back nine (his first) was a solid affair, including eight pars and a birdie made from a greenside bunker at the par-5 15th. But the front nine turned into a nightmare. He failed to save par from the intermediate grass on No. 2 and missed a 4’0" par-saver at the next. A three-putt from 85’9" followed at the fifth and then another par-saver refused to drop, this time from 5’11", at No. 6. He was looking a spare weekend in the face only to bounce back in style. At the par-5 seventh he got up-and-down from the intermediate for birdie and then a 321-yard drive set up a 37-yard approach which he knocked to 4’9" and drained. His record at Quail Hollow is superb and in his six cuts made at the course he has always ranked 26th or better for Greens in Regulation (four times top six). This week, with the new Bermuda grass across the course, he currently ranks T51. He is also just 132nd for SG Putting.
Aug 11 - 2:27 PM

Past champ and World No. 4 Rory McIlroy patched together a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to finish up on 7-under 273, currently T5 with play winding down.

After opening in 67-69-68, the 2014 winner began T5 on 6-under, three adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 1.419 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.097 tee-to-green. The 28-year-old squared holes 9, 14 and 15 (failed scrambles), slightly outpaced by four birdies at 2, 4, 6 and 18, three from between 20 and 38 feet, registering 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.541 SG: Putting. This was his seventh Bridgestone, fifth top 25 and fifth top 10. Overall, it was McIlroy's 31st WGC event and 20th top 10.
Aug 6 - 5:26 PM

Past champ and World No. 4 Rory McIlroy turned in a 2-under-par 34-34=68 after the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for a 54-hole total of 6-under 204, down two spots to T5, three shy of co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters.

After kicking off in 67-69, the 2014 winner began T3, three adrift of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with ZJ, who shot 65, he landed eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.302 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 4.952. The 28-year-old offset bogey-5s at Nos. 6 and 10 (failed scrambles) with three conventional circles at 2, 9 and 11 (all from inside of 10 feet), adding a pitch-in 2 at the par-3 12th from 23'7" away that completed his scoring. He registered a commercial 1.857 putts per GIR and -0.992 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Aug 5 - 7:32 PM

Rory McIlroy settled for a 1-under-par 35-34=69 during the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, keeping his position on the leaderboard (T3) with a two-day score of 4-under 136.

McIlroy landed the same number of greens in R1 and R2 (11 on each day) but couldn't get the putter working today. Part of that is the lack of proximity on his approaches, setting up just two birdie looks from inside 11 feet. After a lot of mid-range birdie misses, McIlroy finally hit the highlight reel with a 41'7" chip-in birdie at the par-5 16th. Playing his first week with good friend, Harry Diamond, on the bag, it's been a tale of two rounds. McIlroy was stellar off-the-tee and putting in round one while struggling on approach and around-the-green. It was the exact opposite today. If he can sync up the two rounds, he'll be tough to catch over the weekend. He is currently three strokes off the pacesetter Jimmy Walker.
Aug 4 - 7:02 PM

Playing his first round without his long-time caddie, Rory McIlroy pieced together a 3-under-par 33-34=67 to position himself two strokes off the early clubhouse lead on Thursday morning.

McIlroy made waves earlier in the week by announcing his departure with long-time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald. He's employed his good buddy Harry Diamond for the short term, and their first round together produced five birdies, despite losing 0.843 strokes on approach. As usual, McIlroy's driver was a big asset today, gaining 2.398 strokes off-the-tee and doing the rest of his damage with the flat stick (+2.524 SG Putting). The Northern Irishman wasn't locked in with his irons today, but still managed his 17th sub-70 round at Firestone CC (25 total rounds). McIlroy is making his first appearance at this event since winning the 2014 edition.
Aug 3 - 1:21 PM

Rory McIlroy finally returns to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, three years after he won there.

Prior to his victory in 2014, which came after he repaired an opening 71 with rounds of 66-68-68, he had pegged three top eight finishes in five starts on the course without entirely convincing. He was often there or thereabouts on the leaderboard, but only in 2012 had he truly threatened to win. The stats hint at his odd relationship with the track: three times ranked top four for GIR, three times outside the top 40. His last outing was T4 in The Open, a result that frustrated him, but which was a solid return once he had been five-over-par through six holes and a vast improvement on his inability to finish top ten since The Masters. All of this is also potentially moot given that he started the week with news that he's ditched long term caddie JP Fitzgerald. Some say it will gain him two shots a round. Some say JP was better than we knew. Which (and who) will it be? UPDATE:- The Daily Telegraph (London) reports that Harry Diamond, a friend, will caddie the next two weeks.
Jul 31 - 8:50 AM

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

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