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Rory McIlroy

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

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Recent trips to Paris for Rory McIlroy have been spent watching Northern Ireland in Euro 2016 but he has his golf clubs with him this time as he prepares to make a title bid in the 100th Open de France.
McIlroy's presence is a coup for organisers as he's skipping the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio to play here. It's his first visit since 2010 although he has some strong memories from six years ago after missing out on the three-man play-off by a single shot. And, of course, that was before he'd won any of his four majors. The Ulsterman missed the cut in the US Open at Oakmont although made it clear beforehand that it was a layout that didn't suit his game. Prior to that he'd finished T4 at Memorial and won his home Irish Open. With Le Golf National staging the 2018 Ryder Cup, this is also an opportunity for McIlroy to view the course which has undergone recent renovations ahead of the biennial showdown with the Americans. Jun 29 - 7:07 AM

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Past champ and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy stalled out to a 1-over-par 40-31=71 in the second round of the 116th U.S. Open and at 8-over 77-71=148, missed the cut by by two shots.

A total of 66 pros and one amateur (Jon Rahm) made the cut on 6-over 146. McIlroy, the 2011 champ at Congressional, opened his eighth appearance with a tied-career-worst 77 -- which he shot two other times -- that included eight bogeys against a lone circle and an inward birdie-less 40. He went off No. 10 tee in R2 and raced out with four birdies thru his first seven holes for bogey-free 31, but once again, carded an inward 40, with no birdies against a bogey and two double bogey-6s. Other notables on the pine the rest of the way include: 147- 2006 champ Geoff Ogilvy; Phil Mickelson ... 148- 2013 champ Justin Rose; Patrick Reed; Paul Casey ... 149- 2009 champ Lucas Glover; J.B. Holmes; Kevin Chappell ... 150- two-time champs Ernie Els and Retief Goosen ... 151- Brandt Snedeker; 2012 champ Webb Simpson; Rickie Fowler ... 152- Hideki Matsuyama.
Jun 18 - 2:51 PM

Rory McIlroy admits it would be his biggest accomplishment yet were he to win this week's 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont.

The Northern Irishman smashed records galore when posting 16-under to land the 2011 edition at Oakmont by eight shots and concedes that his best results in the majors have been on easier courses when conditions were soft. He'll head to Oakmont on the back of a top four at Memorial and a first win at his home Irish Open so the bookmakers are taking no chances with his odds (8/1 second favorite) despite the brutal layout at Oakmont negating his natural attacking tendencies. McIlroy's U.S. Open career also shows T10 on debut at Bethpage in 2010 and T9 at Chambers Bay last year but he's missed the cut twice and been outside the top 20 in two others starts. The 27-year-old will be bidding to win his first major since August 2014 this week and will have Masters champion Danny Willett and Rickie Fowler for company over the first two days. That youthful threeball tees off from No. 1 at 8:24 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Jun 15 - 11:40 AM

Rory McIlroy rallied for a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to post 13-under 275, up 16 places on the live leaderboard to T5. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy finished in a four-way T4, two shy of a two-man playoff involving Jon Curran and eventual champ and 54-hole co-leader William McGirt.

There are four players ahead of the Northern Irishman on the leaderboard that are playing the back nine at Muirfield Village but he's the early 72-hole clubhouse leader. This was his sixth appearance -- skipping last year's edition -- with a best of solo fifth in 2011. The 27-year-old began the final round on 9-under (T21), five back of a trio of 54-hole leaders and three shy of the overnight top 10. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 11 holes, circling birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 11, before bogeys on 12 and 14 halted his momentum. McIlroy responded with three straight birdies on 15-17, the latter two dropping from 21'2" and 14'8", respectively, and saved a '4' at the 18th with a one-putt from 11'4". It's his third fourth-place finish this season in 11 events with a best of T3 at Doral.
Jun 5 - 2:21 PM

Rory McIlroy backed up with a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Memorial to post 9-under 207, down seven to T19 with play still in progress.

On an ideal day for scoring, the Northern Irishman mustered just 11 greens in regulation. He did circle five on the card, four from between 11 and 18 feet, but squared three bogeys, including two bogey-6s and a walk-off 5 at the 18th after putting his tee shot into the water. It was a rare hiccup off the tee for the 27-year-old, who found 11 (of 14) fairways and is the current leader in SG: Off-the-tee at a cumulative 4.392.
Jun 4 - 4:22 PM

Rory McIlroy didn't break a sweat on his way toward a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in round two of the Memorial, to get back in the conversation entering the weekend at 7-under 137.

Temperatures approached 90 degrees in Dublin, Ohio, so he did actually break a sweat in that sense, but he made this 6-under 66 look very easy. He gained 1.563 strokes off-the-tee, ranking first in the field through two days. His approach play wasn't spot on, but his flat stick made up the difference. He splashed home three putts from outside 17 feet. The most notable was a 36'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 10th hole. McIlroy made waves by switching back to a conventional putting grip this week, but it's paying off so far as he ranks 34th in the field in strokes gained putting.
Jun 3 - 6:21 PM

Rory McIlroy finally claimed the honors in his home tournament, carrying off the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Club after a stunning finish which ended the hopes of his final round chief rival Russell Knox.

The stats say that McIlroy ended with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 for a 12-under total of 276, enough for a 3 shot victory over Knox and Bradley Dredge, but in reality the story was rather more dramatic. Although for much of the final round it was anything but as McIlroy, who entered the final round with a 3 shot advantage, became becalmed as no-one seemed keen on threatening his victory march. But Knox suddenly emerged as a contender and out of nowhere McIlroy was 1 behind playing the par-5 16th. Cue a monent of magic as the Northern Irishman, who had thus far posted birdies at 4 and 10, and bogeys at 6 and 11, launched a 3-wood 254 yards to the heart of the green. He 2-putted for birdie, watched Knox make bogey and confirmed his win with an eagle-3 at the last with the crowds roaring their acclaim for the local hero. "I don't know if I can put it into words," he said afterwards. "I don't really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on 18.&qu
May 22 - 12:38 PM

Rory McIlroy will head into the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open holding a 3 shot lead over Danny Willett after completing this third lap of The K Club on Sunday morning with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 for a 54-hole total of 9-under 207.

For many at the top of the leaderboard the cold and wet conditions represented a problem on Saturday, but McIlroy was a calm exception, being the only player in the field to keep a bogey off his card. Moreover, in notching red numbers at 4 and 10, par-5s both, he moved to 9-under for the tournament, enough to create a 3 shot overnight advantage over pre-round co-leader Willett. On the resumption both players reeled off pars to maintain the status quo and set up the perfect head-to-head finale for the tournament. McIlroy has missed his previous 3 cuts in the event but looks on course to land his first win since the DP World Tour Championship in November.
May 21 - 4:37 PM

Rory McIlroy added a 2-under-par 36-34=70 to his opening 67 and, at 7-under 137, is just a shot off the pace going into the final two rounds of his home Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

McIlroy was eliminated at halfway in 2013, 2014 and 2015 but this time he's right in the mix to win his home Open for the first time. He trails Masters champion Danny Willett and Scotland's Marc Warren by a single stroke while, on the live leaderboard, it's currently three shots back to Jaco Van Zyl in fourth. There were no fireworks from the Northern Irishman today but he kept the birdie count ticking over with gains at 13, 18, 1, 4 and 9 while squaring bogeys at 17, 3 and 5. For the second round running he piped 10 (of 14) fairways but he hit four less greens in regulation (13) and managed to get up and down just twice in five attempts. McIlroy has taken 62 putts so far but did manage to sink a 20-footer for his walk-off birdie at 9 today.
May 20 - 9:20 AM

After missing his last three cuts at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Rory McIlroy finally cracked the code as a 5-under-par 32-35=67 put him in solo second spot after the opening round.

McIlroy trails new Masters champion Danny Willett by two strokes after shooting 13 shots lower at the K Club today then he did in round one at Royal County Down 12 months ago. There was only a single blemish for the four-time major winner (a bogey at 14) on his opening lap while he sprinkled birdies at 4, 6, 9, 10, 13 and 18. That set included three of the four par 5s. The easier afternoon conditions certainly helped him today but the key was his strong iron play. After splitting 10 (of 14) fairways, McIlroy hit 17 greens in regulation, his one miss leading to that one dropped shot. The 67 ties his low 18 at the Irish Open, a number he also posted in R1 at Killarney in 2010 and R4 at Royal Portrush in 2012. He's yet to even post a top five in his home Open so this is a big step towards wiping out that record of underacheivement.
May 19 - 2:46 PM

Rory McIlroy has missed the cut in his last three starts at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and will bid to end that baffling sequence at the K Club this week.

It's all gone wrong for the four-time major winner at his home Open in recent years and he hit rock bottom when opening with an 80 at Royal County Down 12 months ago. That missed cut added to early exits at Fota Island and Carton House. He did manage T10 at Royal Portrush in 2012 and T7 at Adare Manor in 2007 but those are slim pickings for a player of his class. This is his 10th start in the event and, once more, he'll be acting as tournament host which could be one obvious explanation for his struggles. McIlroy has only shown his top form in patches this season but form figures of 12-4-10-4-27-3 in his last six starts suggest he's not far off. The Northern Irishman won the 2014 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth having missed the cut in that event the previous two years so don't be surprised if he ends his poor run in the best possible fashion. Also note, he's won four career titles in May which makes it his most successful month.
May 18 - 6:14 AM

Rory McIlroy flirted with the course record at TPC Sawgrass, firing an 8-under-par 35-29=64, improving eight strokes over his opening round and finding himself at 8-under 136 through two rounds.

Yesterday, Shane Lowry recorded the first ever sub-30 score on the back nine at the Stadium Course and he held that title alone for less than 24 hours as McIlroy matched him today. He opened his round on that back nine and circled birdies in five of his first six holes before rolling in a 53'3" eagle from just off the green on the par-5 16th hole. McIlroy added two more birdies before reaching his 18th hole of the day, needing just a birdie on the par 5 to capture the course record. Instead, he opted to lay up and his third shot fell short of the green, ultimately leading to his lone dropped shot of the day. Despite the disappointing finishing hole, this will go in the books as his low round at the Stadium Course, and also puts him just two strokes off the current clubhouse leaders.
May 13 - 1:42 PM

Defending champ Rory McIlroy hung up a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in today's final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to post 7-under 281, up 15 places on the live leaderboard to T4 and matching Phil Mickelson for the clubhouse lead on 7-under 281. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy finished in a four-way T4, two shy of a two-man playoff involving James Hahn and Roberto Castro.

McIlroy's lone blemishes in the finale were book-end bogeys at the first and the last. In-between, he played bogey-free 8-under, circling birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 16. The newly minted 27-year-old (May 4th) is the current birdie leader for the week with 22, but he's T47 in bogeys with 13 and ate two double bogey-6s. Taking into account his one-putt bogey-5 on the 18th today, he played the final hole in 4-over for the tourney, including one of those aforementioned doubles in R1. McIlroy will stick around for a bit before heading to THE PLAYERS where he missed his first three cuts but has rebounded to post three straight top 10s.
May 8 - 3:46 PM

Defending champ Rory McIlroy pieced together a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship to reach the halfway point on 2-under 142, up 51 on the live leaderboard to T24.

The two-time WFC winner opened his seventh visit in 1-over 73, erasing four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey-6 on the 18th, which was his ninth hole on day 1. He posted 0.920 strokes gained: tee-to-green but -1.324 strokes gained: putting. The recently minted 27-year-old (May 4th) found six (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation in R2, good for 4.164 SGTTG at last check, but 0.032 SGP. He carded six par breakers, including an eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie run on Nos. 7-10. The highlight reel chip-in eagle-3 on 7 dropped from 82'9" away, bouncing back from a 3-putt bogey-4 on the sixth. McIlroy dropped shots on 12 and 17 on failed scrambles, and put his second into the water on the 18th leading to a disappointing bogey-bogey finish.
May 6 - 7:20 PM

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy highlights the 156-man Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, and enters as defending champ for a second time.

McIlroy is clearly comfortable at Quail Hollow Club with five top 10s in six tries, including four straight beginning with a playoff loss in 2012. His breakthrough PGA TOUR win came on debut in 2010, playing the weekend in 16-under 66-62=128, but his one hiccup came the following year, missing the cut as defender. McIlroy is the top-ranked player in Charlotte and the pre-tourney fave at 4/1 outright. He won last year as the bookmaker fave (3/1) in record-setting fashion, both in aggregate at 21-under 267, and with a course record 11-under 61 in R3. The Northern Irishman, who turns 27 today (May 4th), is an 11-time winner on TOUR though none have come as defending champ. He's been idle since T10 at the Masters.
May 4 - 1:15 PM