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Rory McIlroy

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

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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

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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

Rory McIlroy bagged a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the 80th Masters, to close out the week at 1-over 289, still in search of the coveted career grand slam.

The Northern Irishman took his second attempt at Augusta National since securing the other three major championship legs. He finished solo-fourth last year at ANGC and T10 this week, so he's certainly not far off. McIlroy was sloppy in the third round, but overall it came down to just a few holes that haunted him. On the week he played the par-3 fourth and par-4 11th holes at a combined 9-over. Overall, he finished T11 in the field in terms of GIR and T15 in fairways hit. On the bright side, McIlroy has now cranked out three straight top 10s at the Masters. The 26-year-old will have plenty of chances to earn his career grand slam.
Apr 10 - 9:16 PM

Rory McIlroy sleepwalked to a 5-over-par 38-39=77 in the third round of the 80th Masters for a three-day total of 2-over 218, down nine on the leaderboard to T11 and five adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

In his eighth Masters visit, McIlroy has now played holes 10-12 in 26-over and the rest in 25-under. Nos. 10 and 11 got him again in R3, squaring bogey and double bogey-6. The World No. 3 didn't muster a single birdie on 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.89 putts per GIR and 34 total putts. The last time he didn't record a par breaker in a major was R2 of the 2010 Open Championship where he shot 8-over 80. The 26-year-old hit only seven (of 14) fairways, finding bunkers three times and stymied himself on two other occasions in the trees. He missed birdie tries from nine feet at the second, from 25 feet at the sixth, from 23 feet at the seventh (eventually three-putting), from nine feet at the 12th, from 14 feet at the 14th, from 14 feet at 15, and from nine feet at the last. McIlroy's missed fairway on the par-4 11th led to the double after snap-hooking his second from out of the trees and into the water.
Apr 9 - 8:22 PM

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy crafted a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in today's second round of the 80th Masters to reach the halfway point on 3-under 141, currently solo second on the leaderboard and tied with Troy Merritt for the low round of the day thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, McIlroy is solo second, one back of 36-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

Looking to become only the sixth player to achieve the career Grand Slam, McIlroy opened his eighth Masters with four birdies and one eagle to outpace four bogeys, including squaring two over his final three holes. He gained those back with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 on Friday, but erased them (and more) with a double bogey-5 at the fourth and bogey at the fifth to turn 1-over. The 26-year-old looked in danger of losing touch with the leaders after bogey at the difficult par-4 11th, but played his final seven holes in blemish free 3-under, circling birdies on 13 and 15 and culminating with a 39-footer on the par-3 16th. McIlroy posted just the second sub-par round of the day thus far after saving par on the 18th from the trees with a downhill six-foot one-putt.
Apr 8 - 4:37 PM

Rory McIlroy racked up four birdies and in eagle on his way toward a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the first round of the 80th Masters.

The Northern Irishman handled the windy conditions nicely today as he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. The first blemish of the day came at the par-3 fourth hole where he failed to make a six-footer to save par. It was his first of four bogeys on the round. The highlight of the round came on the par-5 13th hole when McIlroy landed his 173-yard approach to 17 feet and splashed it home for an eagle-three. A win this week would complete the career Grand Slam, and seven straight rounds in red numbers at Augusta National has him trending in the right direction.
Apr 7 - 7:53 PM

Rory McIlroy goes in search of a first green jacket this week and will play in the last group out in Thursday's opening round at the 80th Masters.

Four clear after 54 holes in 2011 before collapsing to a closing 80, McIlroy has been further tormented by Augusta National in subsequent years. And yet it's noticeable that he's improved his finish in each of the last four visits, peaking with a T4 last year when playing the final 45 holes in 15-under (best in the field). McIlroy's bid to win his first Masters and complete the career Grand Slam was the main storyline ahead of last year's event so sharing the focus with others should benefit him this time. He hasn't yet produced his best golf in 2016 but third (Cadillac) and fourth (Match Play) in the two recent WGC events suggests he's close. He'll tee it up in his eighth Masters at 14:01 local time alongside two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and 2011 FedEx Cup winner Bill Haas.
Apr 5 - 6:54 PM

3-seed and defending WGC-Dell Match Play champ Rory McIlroy was the first to advance to the semifinals with a 4-and-3 victory over 54-seed Chris Kirk. UPDATE: McIlroy settled for fourth place after losing to eventual champ Jason Day 1 up in the semifinals, and losing 3-and-2 to Rafa Cabrera-Bello in the 3rd-place match. Final record: 4-2-1.

McIlroy improves to 4-0-1 in this year's competition and 22-6-1 overall. He took the lead out of the gate with birdie from 10'7" at the par-4 first and went 2 up with a par 3 at the fourth. Kirk squared the match winning the par-4 fifth with birdie and the par-4 ninth with par (McIlroy bogeyed both holes). The Northern Irishman picked up as he began with birdie-3 at the 10th from 5'6", extended to 2 up with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 12th, and sealed the deal with birdie-3s on holes 13 and 15, both from inside 10 feet. The 26-year-old will face the winner of the Jason Day vs. Brooks Koepka match in Sunday morning's Final Four.
Mar 26 - 4:48 PM