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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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Rory McIlroy made official today that he will not return to competition at next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational where he is the defending champion.
He's still on the mend from rupturing a ligament in his left ankle. "Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title," he said McIlroy. "Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016." The PGA Championship is the week after, so don't hold your breath for him to defend that title, either. He has no reason to rush his recovery. Jul 29 - 11:03 AM

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Rory McIlroy alerted his followers on Instagram today that he's chosen not to compete in next week's Open Championship as a result of the injury to his left ankle.

This is McIlroy's message in its entirety: "After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on (tennis player) Andy (Murray)!!!" Obviously, this is a blow to all fantasy owners, but you had a feeling that it was just a matter of time. McIlroy's next start after The Open annually is the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. This year's edition is Aug. 6-9, but we'll likely get an update on his plan moving forward before then.
Jul 8 - 11:57 AM

Rory McIlroy sustained a total rupture to a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends on Saturday, leaving his title defense at the Open Championship in doubt.

The Ulsterman has already pulled out of this week’s Scottish Open. He broke the news to his followers on Instagram. While McIlroy did not offer a timetable for a return to action, there has been no shortage of medical experts weighing in on his potential time on the shelf. Dr. James Gladstone, co-director of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, explained on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" that a typical rehabilitation period is anywhere between 10 days and six weeks. The Open Championship tees off at St. Andrews on the Old Course in exactly 10 days. While it is expected that he will make every effort to defend his 2014 title, it is too early to know how his ankle will respond to treatment and his ultimate availability. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as relevant.
Jul 6 - 9:10 AM

Rory McIlroy settled for a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of the 115th U.S. Open for a 72-hole aggregate of even-par 280, currently T8 on the live leaderboard.

McIlroy, 2011 U.S. Open champion, began the Sunday festivities at 4-over (T25) and eight shots back of the 54-hole leaders. At 6-under thru 14, he was causing some serious noise on the course, literally. The 26-year-old, who has won two of the last three major championships, was trying to pull off the largest comeback in U.S. Open history. It all started to unravel though, beginning with a bogey at the par-3 15th. Perhaps, a missed 10-foot birdie at the 14th was the trigger. Regardless, he didn't convert on the drivable par-4 16th, squared his second bogey of the day on 17, and failed to birdie the par-5 finisher. The world No. 1 will take some solace in cashing his first paycheck in his last three starts.
Jun 21 - 7:49 PM

Rory McIlroy's hopes of a weekend charge at the U.S. Open were frustrated after the turn as he settled for an even-par 33-37=70 in round three.

The Northern Irishman will have made a forward move when the dust settles on Saturday's play but not the serious one he wanted after early birdies at 2 and 7 were wiped out by bogeys at 11 and 15. For now he's just a shot off the clubhouse lead but his score of 4-over 214 is currently 10 behind on-course leader Jordan Spieth. McIlroy split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. He took 31 putts for the second day running but despite his performance on the greens being cited as the the main reason for his failure to challenge he's still beating the field average in putts per GIR.
Jun 20 - 6:49 PM

Rory McIlroy missed a string of putts in a 2-over-par 35-37=72 on day one of the 115th U.S. Open.

No panic, there's 54 holes to go. Except that history is now against the Northern Irishman as the last 10 winners of the U.S. Open were in the top 25 after the first round and, for now, he sits T92. McIlroy got under par early with a birdie at the long par-4 11th but swallowed back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15. The world No. 1 balanced the books with a birdie at 16 but his putter went cold after that and he dropped shots at two of his final three holes to finish his first lap seven swings behind leaders Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. McIlroy won his four majors off the back of opening rounds of 65, 67, 66 and 66 so he'll have to take a different path to victory this time.
Jun 18 - 6:40 PM

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will go in search of a fifth major title at Chambers Bay this week.

The Northern Irishman's count so far is two PGA Championships, one U.S. Open and one Open Championship. The first was his runaway eight-shot victory in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional although he missed the cut at Pebble Beach (2010) and Olympic Club (2012) either side and has managed only one other top 20 in this event -- a T10 at Bethpage in 2009. McIlroy says he likes this week's course although he's struggled previously in the firm and fast conditions expected to prevail at Chambers Bay. He's also coming in off a pair of missed cuts so will have to break new ground having won his other four majors on the back of finishes of 5-5-14-1. The 26-year-old tees off from No. 10 at 8:28 a.m. PDT on Thursday and will have defending champion Martin Kaymer and Korean amateur Gunn Yang for company.
Jun 16 - 6:33 PM

Rory McIlroy followed his atrocious, opening 80 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with an even-par 34-37=71 in today's second round and will miss the cut.

After squaring nine bogeys on Thursday, McIlroy's only hiccup today was a double bogey-6 at the 15th hole. He had buried birdies at Nos. 7 and 12, so it merely wiped away a red number. He's in the books at 9-over 151, four shots outside the cut line. McIlroy is a first-time host of this tournament, so you can't rule out that distractions related to the learning curve of how to juggle those duties with his game impeded progress. The Irish Open concluded five consecutive weeks of competition on two continents with two victories, so he may have merely run of out gas. We'll see the world's top-ranked next in three weeks at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
May 29 - 1:16 PM

Rory McIlroy failed to card a single birdie in a miserable 9-over-par 41-39=80 in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

In harsh weather conditions at Royal County Down, McIlroy was blown completely off course and currently sits 108th and last in the field. His brutal morning lap featured nine bogeys and nine pars while his stats were a car crash. The four-time major champion split just 6 (of 14) fairways, hit only nine greens in regulation, was 1-for-9 in scrambling and took 36 putts. Credit to him, therefore, for speaking after his 18 holes of turmoil. "Nothing went well at all," McIlroy told Sky Sports. "I felt off the tee it was okay but as I got closer to the green the worse it got. My putting... my speed was off, I wasn't reading them properly and just lost confidence on the greens as the round went on." Today's round of 80 followed on from the 78 he carded on day two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The last time McIlroy shot 80? That infamous Sunday meltdown at the 2011 Masters.
May 28 - 8:55 AM

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

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