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Rory McIlroy

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

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An MRI scan revealed bad news for Rory McIlroy's rib, leading to his withdraw from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and leaves his short-term schedule up in the air.
McIlroy mentioned a back injury last week when he was playing at the BMW South African Open. The fact that he injured his back early in the week and still finished second place in the event had many assuming this was a small tweak. The MRI scan revealed otherwise, showing the injury was actually a stress fracture in his ribs. In his full statement to the European Tour, McIlroy said, "In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered." The Northern Irishman was really motivated to do well this week in Abu Dhabi as he continues his climb back toward World No. 1, but that journey will have to wait until the rib is healed. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Jan 16 - 2:58 PM

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Rory McIlroy couldn't break Graeme Storm's resolve despite an excellent final round 4-under-par 33-35=68; his total of 18-under 270 earned him a play-off but a bogey at the third extra hole cost him the BMW South African Open title at Glendower GC.

The good news: for the seventh time in eight seasonal starts the Northern Irishman has pegged a top three finish. The bad news: he still can't find the win. He'll be disappointed, but he may also reflect that his game appeared in strong fettle and he seemed to cope well with a back twinge. Starting the day three shots adrift of Storm he made quiet progress, eating into the leader's advantage, circling 1, 2 and 8. An imperious 6-iron to 20'0" at the par-five 15th earned another birdie, an up-and-down at the 15th a fifth, enough for him to assume a one shot lead. But his tee shot at the par-three 17th was errant and he couldn't escape the bunker at the first time of asking. He saved bogey, but could not find one at 18 in four attempts (once in regulation then in the play-off). Storm was strong and McIlroy's bogey on the third extra hole was decisive.
Jan 15 - 8:34 AM

Rory McIlroy made bogey at the final hole of the tree-lined Glendower GC on his way to a Saturday 5-under-par 33-34=67 which gives him a 54-hole total of 14-under 202, solo second and three behind leader Graeme Storm at the BMW South African Open.

The Northern Irishman's third lap of the course was very reminiscent of his second, containing a late front nine eagle-birdie burst (at 7 and 8 this time, the first coming when he holed out spectacularly from the fairway on the 486-yard par-four) and also a back nine run of consecutive birdies (this time three in three from the 11th). The good news was that it lacked Friday's double bogey, but he did drop one at No. 9, and he also made birdie, rather than bogey, at the par-five second. But having done so much hard work, and again putted impressively, he pulled his tee shot at the the final hole into trees and was always playing catch up thereafter; his 15'0" par putt was never on track. "Drove well for the most part," he said afterwards before admitting he had a little physio work on his back before the round.
Jan 14 - 8:50 AM

Despite a spectacular burst of scoring in the middle of his round, Rory McIlroy had to settle for a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on day two of the South African Open, finishing on 9-under 135 and three behind pacesetter Graeme Storm.

At one point on Friday, the Northern Irishman played a stretch of eight holes at Glendower GC in 8-under. That blitz began with eagle-3 at 8 and was followed by birdies at 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15 after a series of huge drives, towering irons, solid bunker play and a hot putter (he had eight one putts during that streak). Earlier he'd surrounded a birdie at 3 with a pair of 6s, the second for double bogey at 5, and there was an unwelcome twist at the finish as the four-time major winner swallowed bogeys at 17 and 18. A really low one got away from him today but the bottom line is that Rory is T5 after 36 holes and right in the hunt. Later, he shed some light on his slow start: "I thought about pulling out before teeing off today. I tweaked my back somehow and the first few shots today weren't very comfortable." That's obviously a concern for gamers and acts as a warning to those presuming the weekend will be McIlroy victory procession.
Jan 13 - 9:49 AM

Rory McIlroy opened his 2017 campaign strongly, carding seven birdies against two bogeys in a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in round one of the South African Open to land just a shot shy of early clubhouse leader Trevor Fisher, Jr.

The Northern Irishman traditionally comes out of the blocks fast when the calendar year turns although all his good season starters (3-3-2-MC-2-2) have come in Abu Dhabi. This was his first look at Glendower GC and he admitted later there were challenges. "I didn't realise how far the ball went here. It's a long golf course but when it heats up like this, the ball goes a long way. You really have to think your way around, it's a great golf course," said the four-time major winner after registering an average drive of 316 yards, hitting 9 (of 14) fairways, 14 greens in regulation and taking 29 putts. Starting at 10, McIlroy made four straight birdies from Nos. 14-17 and added another at 2. He wobbled with back-to-back bogeys at 4 and 5 after twice failing to get up and down but responded with red circles at 6 and 8.
Jan 12 - 5:58 AM

Rory McIlroy is clear favorite with the bookmakers ahead of the BMW South African Open at Glendower GC – will he live up to the billing as he opens what could be a very exciting year ahead?

It's a tricky one to gauge. The Northern Irishman plays this week as payback for persuading Ernie Els to play the Irish Open – a nice example of the world’s top players boosting golf in their home countries. But what to make of McIlroy’s chances of victory, for anything else would surely seem at least something of a letdown? In the last six years his first appearance of the year has reaped 3-3-2-MC-2-2. Lacking a win, but up against better fields than this one every time. A repeat of the performance would surely see him lift the trophy. In terms of form in the country he’ll hope not to start as he did in this tournament’s 2007 renewal (83-74) or the 2008 Alfred Dunhill Championship (71-72); both led to missed cuts. He’ll prefer to remember a T3 in the 2006 South African Open at Pearl Valley CC. He has new Callaway woods and irons in his bag this week – a clincher to back or swerve him?
Jan 10 - 3:16 PM

Rory McIlroy's defense of his DP World Tour Championship, Dubai ended with a stunning lap of The Earth Course - a 7-under-par 30-35=65 for a 72-hole total of 12-under 276.

The Northern Irishman, playing the final round alongside Henrik Stenson who has usurped him as #1 on the Race to Dubai, thrashed the course in no less than ten strokes fewer than he needed in round one. Indeed, that opening lap left him stymied for the week as he proceeded to post 68-68 before the final effort. He'll rue a missed opportunity, but leave the U.A.E. with a smile on his face after he painted the course red and yellow. He marked five birdies on the front nine at 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9. There was also one bogey but the highlight was an eagle-3 at the 7th. He went bogey-birdie at 11 and 12, then signed off with a superb two-putt birdie at the 72nd hole. When he signed his card he was T8.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 06:21:00 AM

Defending champion Rory McIlroy travels back to The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the European Tour's headline finale – the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

In theory McIlroy retains a chance of finishing first in the Race to Dubai rankings, but having passed on the chance to play in Turkey and South Africa (the opening events of the Final Series), in practice it is highly unlikely (a win would still require Henrik Stenson to finish outside the top 45). If the season-long prize is almost certainly out of reach the weekly one won't be. He's a six-time top five finisher on the course, which includes two victories, and after filling his bag with new equipment and technology ahead of his last start, the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, he finished T4. A winner of the PGA TOUR's season-ending tournament, success this week would sign off a major-free year with something of a flourish, albeit it somewhat make-weight in fashion.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Rory McIlroy finished his week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China with a 6-under-par 34-32=66, rising four spots to T4 and ending his bid on 15-under 273.

That's his fifth top six at Sheshan International GC in just six starts although the Northern Irishman has still to crack the top three. Eight behind leader Hideki Matsuyama at start of play, that's where he finished despite matching his low round of the week. McIlroy had early momentum with gains at 2, 5 and 7 but suffered a momentum stopper after taking six swings at the par-5 8th hole. After two pars, he surged again with birdies at 11, 13, 14 and 16 but his Race to Dubai hopes were hit after a par at 18. Henrik Stenson birdied the closer, edging the Swede a shot in front of McIlroy and taking him above Danny Willett at the top of the standings. For the third day in four, McIlroy hit 14 greens in regulation (T5 on the week), this time after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways. He was T11 in Putts Per GIR after averaging 1.571 on Sunday.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 04:38:00 AM

Rory McIlroy surged into the top 10 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China after painting a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in Friday's second round.

That's six behind leader Hideki Matsuyama, whose 65 was the only round to eclipse McIlroy's, and good enough for T7 on the leaderboard, up 17 spots. The Northern Irishman arrived at 7-under 137 after posting seven birdies against a lone bogey today. He picked off par breakers at 2, 5 and 7 on his front nine and converted from 15 feet at 11 and 11 feet at 13 to register two more. His only blemish came via a bogey at 16 after he found trees off the tee but he surrounded that with birdies on the par 5s at 14 and 18. McIlroy is T3 in greens in regulation so far this week after again finding 14 today so the difference was the putter. He needed just 26 swishes on Friday. This was the low one he needed to get back in touch with the leaders so expect the four-time major winner to launch a big weekend challenge.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 04:06:00 AM

Rory McIlroy always performs in the WGC-HSBC Champions, can he finally discover the magic ingredient for the win at Sheshan International GC?

The form book looks strong for the Northern Irishman. After some mid-summer misfiring he scooted through the FedEx Cup play-offs, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship. He then played superbly in a losing cause at the Ryder Cup, almost certainly his finest display in European colors. Five visits to the course have also proved successful without ever quite completing the job (four times T6 or better, worst performance last year when T11) and his record in China boasts a win and two seconds at the Hong Kong Open. He's not been seen since Hazeltine, but that's to allow him to rest ahead of the European Tour Final Series and also to accommodate new clubs, since Nike turned away from equipment. Some will argue that is cause for a watching brief, whereas many others will suggest it's only going to make him better player.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:15:00 AM

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters over-powered Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler 4&2 in the opening foursomes match of Saturday's play at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The European pairing went 2-for-2 for the week with a dominant display which withstood a fightback from an American duo who had stymied themselves with a sloppy start. The first move of the day had come from Fowler, holing from 30' on No. 1 for birdie, but Pieters responded from 25' and McIlroy's 12' birdie on two put them one up. Back-to-back bogeys at 4 and 5 left the Americans 3-down. A 40' par putt from Mickelson on 8 offered hope, as did McIlroy's simple par miss at 9 and a U.S. birdie at 10 (the latter two for hole wins). But ultimately the Americans were making too many errors, especially from the tee. A 12' birdie conversion from Pieters on 15 put Europe 3-up with 3 to play and they won 16 as the Americans chased their last hopes. The Europeans circled 6 birdies and squared 2 bogeys as they played 16 holes in roughly 4-under-par. Their point made the match score 5-4 in Team U.S.A.'s favour.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 12:22:00 PM

Rory McIlroy makes his way to Hazeltine National Golf Club as a golfer at the height of his game and ready to impose himself on the 2016 Ryder Cup.

This will be the Northern Irishman's fourth appearance and he has come a long way from the early controversy, pre-2010 debut, of suggesting it was a mere exhibition. He is 3-2-1 in foursomes, 2-0-1 in singles, and surprisingly just 1-2-2 in fourballs, for an overall record of .57% 6-4-4 which is solid rather than spectacular. But if ever a man enters the match on the crest of a wave it must be McIlroy this week: he not only triumphed in last week's Tour Championship, his second victory in the FedEx Cup play-offs after claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship, but also picked up the end-of-season pot of loot and will have seen the reaction of his team-mates at the airport, cheering wildly as his winning putt dropped in the hole. He'll also be buoyed by his improved putting stats, which seem to have been boosted by work with Phil Kenyon in recent weeks and the move away from Nike equipment. Was T3 in the Hazeltine-hosted 2009 PGA Championship, ranking second for Ball-striking.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:08:00 PM

With a dramatic birdie on the fourth hole of sudden death, 6-seed Rory McIlroy eliminated 14-seed Ryan Moore and won the TOUR Championship as well as the FedExCup, snaring his 13th TOUR title in his 117th career start and pocketing the $10M dollar FedExCup bonus.

The 27-year-old bags his second TOUR win this postseason and second on 18 starts in 2015-16. It's his sixth career come-from-behind victory, second in his last three events, having also heisted the Deutsche Bank with a closing 65, erasing a six-shot deficit to win by two. The Ulsterman began the finale in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with Moore, he fired a week and season-tying-low 64, erasing one bogey with five birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 16th from 137 yards away, matching Moore and Chappell on 12-under 268. In sudden death, McIlroy went toe-to-toe with Moore for three holes, missing two earlier chances to win, but finally dispatched the American with a right-to-left birdie in fading daylight.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 07:26:00 PM

6-seed Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the week with a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-32=66 on Moving Day at the TOUR Championship to reach 6-under 204, up two places to T3, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The World No. 3 won the second leg of the Playoffs at TPC Boston in come-from-behind fashion, erasing a six-shot deficit with a closing 65 to clip 54-hole leader Paul Casey by two. He's much closer this time after posting just the fourth bogey-free round of the week thus far. The Ulsterman began R3 in a three-way T5, five shy of Johnson. He finally conquered the first nine at East Lake, circling the par-4 eighth from 4'10" to turn 1-under, adding further birdies at 13 and 16, both from inside of eight feet, and a two-putt from 39'11" for birdie-4 at the 18th. He peppered 17 greens in regulation contributing to 4.306 SG: Tee-to-Green, but lost 1.356 strokes with the flat stick, missing four mid-range scoring chances from inside of 12 feet.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 04:12:00 PM