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Rory McIlroy

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

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Three-times second in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and second again last week, can Rory McIlroy find top spot this week over the Old Course, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns?
For the first two rounds last week in Newcastle it was pretty clear that McIlroy was going through the motions, but after Saturday's wonderful thrash round Close House GC his eyes were alight with the forgotten feeling of being in contention and he backed it up on Sunday. His 64-63 weekend was his lowest final 36-hole total anywhere round the world and if he can ride the wave this week he'll surely contend at some point. It is his seventh visit to the championship and three times he has finished runner-up, on another occasion he was third, on a fifth he was second at halfway before ending the week tied eighth. It's a formidable record, but bear in mind the vagaries of the conditions and the rota. If he plays Carnoustie in the worst of the weather he'll be behind the eight ball, as would anyone else be. The last start of his 2017 campaign before the much-vaunted recuperation begins. Oct 3 - 10:53 AM

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Rory McIlroy fired a superb final round of 7-under-par 32-31=63 for a 17-under total of 263 at the British Masters, three short of eventual winner Paul Dunne at Close House GC.

He got off to a damp start. Literally because it was raining and metaphorically because his opening drive found thick rough and for some time no-one could find it. A marshal saved the day by treading on it. A hat-trick of red numbers at 6, 7 and 8 changed the tone of the day, although his failure to break par at 9 and 10, despite good looks at birdie, seemed fatal to his chances. As did a bogey at 11. But he then creamed five birdies in the next six holes. It got him to within one of the leader Dunne, but his inability to birdie 18 and Dunne's par breaker at 17 sealed the deal for the "other" Irishman who then chipped in at the last. What started as an easy week ended with the competitive juices flowing and he looked impressive. One week to go now before season close down.
Oct 1 - 11:30 AM

Ten years after opening his pro career in the British Masters Rory McIlroy returns to the tournament, played this week on the Lee Westwood Colt Course at Close House GC in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

It was a surprise to many when McIlroy accepted an invitation to play this week, but in doing so he fulfils membership requirement and can thereafter hasten the end of his season. After next week's Dunhill Links he will close it down, with six week of no golf whatsoever as he seeks to recuperate his pesky rib stress fracture and associated tweaks. Which means assessing his chances of contending are tricky. He's played this event three times and never once managed better than T39 (admittedly he's not played it since 2008). Form? Not top 20 since back-to-back top tens in the Open and Bridgestone Invitational. His class might tempt gamers that they can't do without him, but it might take a brave man to back him with the bookies. Common wisdom has it that he's just playing it out and already got his head in rest mode, but common wisdom often gets it wrong. It's definitely a riddle.
Sep 26 - 6:13 AM

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

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATour.com
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