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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 did not commit to next week's Barclays.
This is not unexpected, but the published field confirms the news. On Saturday, Aug. 15, McIlroy, who currently ranks ninth in the FedExCup standings, told that he won't be returning to competition until the second leg of the Playoffs due to his recent injury left ankle. "I'm going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I'll start back in the playoffs at Boston (Sept. 4-7)," McIlroy said at the time. "Then play through the FedExCup. Then I've got to play and then I'm playing maybe a couple more after that, Dubai and China." His reference to the season-opening stop in California will fulfill his obligation after receiving a waiver to compete in the 2012 Turkish Airlines Open. Aug 22 - 1:29 PM

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Defending and two-time PGA champion Rory McIlroy submitted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 after today's final round of the 97th PGA Championship to wrap at 9-under 279.

Not the week that McIlroy envisioned, but all-in-all, a successful week for the World No. 1 after missing nearly two months from injury. The 26-year-old began Sunday's play at 6-under (T17) and nine back. On his round, he circled four birdies at Nos. 6, 7, 10 and 16 to offset a single bogey at the par-4 13th. His split included three conversions from inside 10 feet with a long of 20'4" coming at the par-3 seventh. For the week, McIlroy recorded 16 birdies, currently T32 in that stat, and two eagles, adding nine bogeys and a double. The layoff was most evident in his putting, where at last check, he sat a cumulative -2.455 in strokes gained: putting, 67th in the tournament in that category. He's currently T4 in strokes gained: tee-to-green with play still in progress.
Aug 16 - 5:53 PM

Rory McIlroy hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his third round at the 97th PGA Championship to post 6-under 210 with 18 holes to go.

Not bad but not the really low one he wanted, especially after playing his first four holes on Saturday in 4-under. That fast start came via short-range birdies at 2 and 4 followed by a 64'7" bomb for eagle-3 at 4. The Northern Irishman carelessly gave one back at 5 after having a wedge in his hand for his second and dropped another at 7 to lose more momentum. He then traded birdies at 10 and 13 with bogeys at 12 and 15 but did at least give himself some outside hope of a big Sunday charge with par breakers at 16 and 18. On the live leaderboard he's seven behind leader Matt Jones and five off second spot but with Whistling Straits yielding so many birdies today he could be even further behind at end of play. The defending champion split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation.
Aug 15 - 6:08 PM

Rory McIlroy opened his title defense of the 97th PGA Championship with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 and sits five strokes off the clubhouse lead.

While he wasn't able to give it a go in The Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, tournament he also won in 2014, McIlroy was green-lighted for the tricked-up Pete Dye designed in Wisconsin this week. The world's top-ranked golfer piped eight (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation en route to four birdies. His longest conversion disappeared for par from 12'11" at the par-5 fifth hole. He signed for a red number, of course, but McIlroy also swallowed three bogeys, including a three-putt at the par-4 first where he began his comeback from the ankle injury. He also walked off with a 5 at the 18th hole. Gamers will take it and a tee time on Friday morning when the wind is expected to be laying down.
Aug 13 - 8:09 PM

Rory McIlroy gave his healing left ankle a spin in a practice round at Whistling Straits today, according to the PGA Championship on Twitter, which supplemented the report with a picture.

It's hard to say when there's been this kind of tease for the return of a professional golfer. There was a rumor reported by Reuters on Monday, but we've been down that path before, so it wasn't even worth relaying in real time. McIlroy himself has dropped not-so-subtle hints on Twitter, but has stopped short in expressing a firm commitment to his 1:20 p.m. CT tee time at Whistling Straits on Thursday, Aug. 16. Now, all of this is heightened because he's the top-ranked golfer in the world, but the reality is that how he's approached his return is rather normal for someone of his profession. That said, it's not a stretch to assume that he's enjoyed the process with followers on social media. It's evidence that he's takes everything but himself seriously.
Aug 8 - 1:32 PM

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

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