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Rory McIlroy |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160
College: Northern Ireland

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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy won't be around for the weekend at the European Tour's flagship event after carding a 6-over-par 36-42=78 at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.
Should we be totally surprised? The Northern Irishman has had a gruelling schedule both on and off the course recently and there was nothing in the tank at Wentworth today. He hit only nine greens in regulation, was just 3-for-9 in scrambling and finished at 5-over 149 which looks set to be four swings too many. Lacklustre turned to completely out of synch after the turn as he dropped five shots between the 10th and the 16th following a series of loose swings to give himself no chance of making the cut. A birdie at 17 stopped the rot but a messy bogey at 18 put an end to his misery. This is McIlroy's first missed cut on the European Tour since his home Irish Open last June, the event he heads to next. He told Sky Sports straight after his round, "Disappointing, obviously, but it's a weekend off which I probably need and I can get ready for next week." May 22 - 12:52 PM

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Rory McIlroy had to settle for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 on his opening lap of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and is four behind leader Robert Karlsson.

It was a case of one step forward, one step back for the defending champion, who veered between 1-under and 1-over all day. McIlroy mixed two birdies with two bogeys over his first five holes and turned in even par before trading two par breakers with a dropped shot at 13 on the back nine. Looking to cash in on the two closing par 5s, a loose second cost him a birdie chance at 17 while his putt for a four at the last pulled up an inch short to sum up his day. World No 1 McIlroy hit 13 greens in regulation but was just 2-for-5 in scrambling and needed 30 putts. McIlroy told Sky Sports, "I played okay. Mentally I can feel myself getting a bit angry out there so I need to stay in control of my emotions."
May 21 - 8:40 AM

After coasting to victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, Rory McIlroy heads to Wentworth in England to defend his BMW PGA Championship crown.

Returning to the scene of last year's win on the back of a seven-shot triumph at Quail Hollow suggests McIlroy could be unbeatable. And yet, Wentworth hasn't always been kind to him. Before coming from seven behind to score a dramatic victory last year, he'd missed his two previous cuts in this event and had only once cracked the top 20 in six previous appearances. The Northern Irishman has equated this course to Sawgrass, saying he has to go against his instincts and adopt a more cautious game plan. He's a huge favorite with the local bookmakers but perhaps his eventual body of work at Wentworth may come to resemble Tiger's at Sawgrass i.e. a couple of wins but generally patchy.
May 19 - 6:45 PM

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy rounded off his record week with a final-round, 3-under-par 35-34=69 at the Wells Fargo Championship to post 21-under 267, good for a seven-shot victory over a pair of runners-up.

A day after setting the course record with 11-under 61, McIlroy lapped the field at the Quail Hollow Club to the tune of a new tournament record (by five shots over Anthony Kim's aggregate in 2008) and his second PGA TOUR victory on the season (WGC-Match Play). McIlroy's victory lap yielded seven (of 14) fairways, 14 greens in regulation and 30 putts, including a rare three-putt bogey on the par-3 second. The 26-year-old circled five birdies on the day when the outcome was never really in doubt and totaled an astounding 27 birdies on the week against just four bogeys and one double. This is McIlroy's second win in six WFC appearances and his 11th PGA TOUR title in 94 starts.
May 17 - 6:04 PM

Rory McIlroy torched Quail Hollow for a course record, 11-under-par 31-30=61 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship to post 18-under 198, good for a four-stroke margin entering the final round.

The previous course record at Quail Hollow was 62 shot by Brendon de Jonge (2014) and also by McIlroy in the final round of the 2010 edition to overcome a four-stroke, 54-hole deficit and claim his maiden PGA TOUR title. McIlroy began the day in a three-way tie for fifth and three shots adrift of the 36-hole leaders. On the record-setting day, the 26-year-old found seven (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, requiring just 22 putts on the round. His birdie barrage began on the par-4 third, finding the bottom of the cup from 7'10" and after a kick-in birdie on the fifth, he reeled off four consecutive birdies on Nos. 7-10. After par on the 11th, he ripped off another five straight par breakers on Nos. 12-16 with each roll dropping from inside 15 feet.
May 16 - 5:52 PM

Rory McIlroy spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, reaching the midpoint in 7-under 137, one shot off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

What fatigue? The 26-year-old stumbled a bit in the opener, denting six birdies with two bogeys and a double, but he scattered five birdies today, including a gem from 29'4" at the par-5 10th hole where he began his loop of Quail Hollow Club. He's mounted 27 scoring opportunities thus far and ranked fourth in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at last check with an aggregate clip of 6.744. McIlroy's first of 10 PGA TOUR victories occurred here in 2010. He hasn't finished worse than T10 (2013) in the last three editions.
May 15 - 1:18 PM

Rory McIlroy enjoyed a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in today's opening round of THE PLAYERS.

A primary concern entering the tournament was if he'd be fatigued after going 7-0 at the Match Play. Guess not. While he hit only 11 greens in regulation today, he squared just one bogey, that a 5 at the first hole where he opened his second nine. Elsewhere, the world's top-ranked golfer dropped an eagle from inside eight feet at the par-5 16th hole and two birdies. His longest conversion measured 14'3" for birdie at the par-3 eighth. McIlroy signed his card positioned just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
May 7 - 2:00 PM

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy cruised to a 4-and-2 win over Gary Woodland in the Championship Match of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and went an unblemished 7-0 on the week.

After a sluggish start from both players, McIlroy (the No. 1 seed overall) took early control of the finale, winning four holes in a row (Nos. 4-7), three with birdies. Woodland improbably reached the championship match as the 50-seed, even more so as he had not registered a match win in his previous two appearances in the tournament. The American finally settled into today's finale by winning the 11th and 12th holes, cutting his deficit to 2-down. He had a four-footer to win the 13th as well, but missed. McIlroy would close him out three holes later. This was McIlroy's second WGC win (2014 Bridgestone Invitational) and 10th PGA TOUR title of his career.
May 3 - 6:08 PM

Rory McIlroy steals a 1-up win over Jim Furyk in the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the No. 1 seed will face the No. 50 seed Gary Woodland in the Championship Match.

After the pair halved the first with birdies, McIlroy took a 1-up lead on Furyk's bogey at No. 3. McIlroy immediately squared his own bogey at the next and the match is back to all square. The Northern Irishman regained the 1-up advantage with birdie on No. 5 and then chips-in for birdie from the rough at the seventh but Furyk answered dropping a 20-foot putt for a circle of his own to halve. Furyk answered again at No. 8 dropping his second lengthy birdie putt, this one from 19 feet. He snatched his first lead on the ninth after McIlroy failed to save par from a green-side bunker. McIlroy strikes back at the 11th, canning a 28-footer for birdie to get back to all square. Tree trouble on 12 for Furyk led to a double bogey-6 but he rebounded on the next converting a six-foot birdie to level the match once again. Furyk then moved to 1-up with another circle on the 15th and looked in control but McIlroy finished birdie-birdie and walk-off eagle on 18 to end the match in dramatic fashion.
May 3 - 2:32 PM

Rory McIlroy outlasted Paul Casey in 22 holes in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the No. 1 seed advances to face No. 5 seed Jim Furyk. The other semifinal will feature Danny Willett (No. 48) versus Gary Woodland (No. 50).

It took 22 holes (and a second day) to determine the final player to reach the semifinals but McIlroy outlasted the No. 36 seed Casey in a protracted battle. McIlroy was 1-up early on over the Englishman Casey but found himself 2-down (thru seven) as Casey circled birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 7. A birdie-3 on 10 cut the Northern Irishman's deficit to 1-down and the match went all square at 13 as Casey squared his second bogey on the round. Casey went 1-up after McIlroy bogeyed 14 but his own bogey on 17 brought the match back to all square. Darkness suspended play on Saturday after 21 holes and when the match resumed Sunday morning McIlroy made quick work of Casey (who had fallen ill overnight) eliminating him with a birdie-4 on the 22nd hole.
May 3 - 10:16 AM

Rory McIlroy cruised to a 6-and-5 thumping of Hideki Matsuyama in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and will face No. 36 seed Paul Casey in the quarterfinals.

McIlroy went undefeated in the round-robin stage and the overall No. 1 seed moved to 4-0 with an anti-climatic elimination of the 23-year-old Japanese star. The 'marquee match' in the round of 16 wasn't much of a contest. After exchanging birdie-4's on the first, McIlroy went 1-up with birdie at the par-3 second (his fifth consecutive par breaker in regulation going back to yesterday's match) and the Northern Irishman never looked back. After Matsuyama squared bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7 to lose each, McIlroy's lead swelled to 5-up when he added his fourth birdie of the match on the par-4 eighth. Matsuyama had a glimmer of hope after he stuck his tee shot to nine inches for a kick-in birdie on the par-3 ninth, but the glimmer was short lived as McIlroy struck back with birdie on 10 to quickly get back to 5-up. A foregone conclusion at this point, the 25-year-old McIlroy added his sixth birdie at the 12th to extend the margin and mercifully, the beating would end at the 13th.
May 2 - 6:37 PM

In what was easily the best match later in the day, Rory McIlroy defeated Billy Horschel in 20 holes in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Horschel had one hand on the wheel and another on McIlroy's head for most of this battle. The American enjoyed a 1-up lead on all but one hole through 11, and then doubled it with a birdie-3 at the 12th. He gave it right back with a double bogey at the par-3 13th, but McIlroy surrendered the par-4 14th with bogey. After the pair played 15 and 16 par-birdie, McIlroy poured in a 26-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th to begin the comeback. Now 1-down, he added a textbook birdie at the par-5 18th where Horschel fanned on a 12-footer for the win. Both parred the par-5 first the second time through, and then Horschel whiffed on an eight-footer for par at the par-3 second where the match ended, as did his hopes of advancing. McIlroy remains unbeaten this week. Horschel's only loss occurred today.
May 1 - 9:45 PM

Rory McIlroy improved to 2-0 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship with a 2-up victory over Brandt Snedeker in today's second round.

McIlroy is dialed in. He pummeled Jason Dufner 5 and 4 on Wednesday, and then scored bogey-free 4-under with four birdies today. Sneds battled well, though, with three birdie-wins of his own, but a bogey-5 at the 10th hole interrupted his momentum after a birdie-win at the ninth. After squaring with a birdie-3 at 12, the American parred the last six holes and watched McIlroy regain the lead with a birdie-3 at 15. The Ulsterman's walk-off birdie at the par-5 18th was academic. McIlroy will play for a spot in the round of 16 on Friday when Billy Horschel (2-0) comes a-calling. Snedeker (0-2) has been mathematically eliminated, but he'll lace up for a third-round match with Jason Dufner (0-2).
Apr 30 - 6:44 PM

Rory McIlroy logged a 5-and-4 victory over Jason Dufner in today's first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Oh, match play. You never know what you're going to get. These two circled only two birdies between them. Both were 4s at the first hole. Rather than actually win holes, McIlroy was handed them when Dufner bogeyed Nos. 3, 8, 9, 10 and 14. To say that the American didn't have anything going today would be a compliment. He was there only in body. A probably-still-fresh McIlroy will go for his second point tomorrow against Brandt Snedeker. Billy Horschel is licking his chops for his match with Dufner in the second round.
Apr 29 - 8:55 PM

Rory McIlroy makes his seventh consecutive World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship start this week where he owns a career record of 11-6.

McIlroy made his U.S. pro debut at this event in 2009. His best WGC-Match Play finish was a 2 and 1 loss to Hunter Mahan in the 2012 Championship Match. The 25-year-old enters this week as the No. 1 seed for the second time (also in 2013) and lost in the second round last year to Harris English in 19 holes. The World No. 1 won in Dubai back in February and finished fourth in his last start at the Masters. His Group 1 opponents: Jason Dufner, Billy Horschel and Brandt Snedeker.
Apr 27 - 10:48 PM