30 Interesting Facts To Know About Rory McIlroy - The Famous Profession Golfer


Rory McIlroy, a Northern Irish Golfer, the current face of EA Sports’s PGA Tour series of games, was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks. Here are 30 things to know about the golfer:

  1. He was born on May 04, 1989 in Holywood, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. He attended St. Primary School and Sullivan Upper School.
  2. He was introduced to golf at a very young age by his father, Gerry Mcllroy. Senior Mcllroy had toiled 100 hours a week in three jobs for about four years to help his son achieve his dream. His mother Rosie worked extra shift at 3M plant.
  3. Mcllroyhoned his skill at the Holywood Golf Club at his home town. He was the youngest club member at age seven coached by Michael Bannon.
  4. He won his first major tournament in the world championship for 9-10 age group held at ‘Trump National Doral Miami,’ South Florida, U.S.A.
  5. In 2004 aged 15, he represented Europe in the ‘Junior Ryder Cup’ held at ‘Westfield Centre, Ohio.’ Europe beat USA 8 ½ TO 3 ½.
  6. He turned down a golf scholarship at ‘East Tennessee University’ to pursue golf. He won a silver medal for top amateur in his very first major at the ‘2007 Open Golf Championship.’
  7. When he turned 16 he became the youngest winner at ‘West of Ireland Championship’ and the ‘Irish Amateur Close Championship.’ He beat Eddie McCormack by 3and 2 in the final.
  8. Playing at ‘Royal Portrush Golf Club’ in July 2005, he shot 11-under par 61 for a new course record. He shot nine birdies and an eagle to better the previous record.
  9. Mcllroy was a member of Ireland team for the ‘Eisenhower Trophy,’ the amateur world championship in 2006. In February 2007 he was ranked world number one as an amateur.
  10. He is first among three players to have been ranked world number 1 as amateur and as professional.
  11. Mcllroy turned professional on September 18, 2007 and signed with ‘International Sports Management.’ He earned € 277,255 to be placed 95th in the 2007 European tour list.
  12. By virtue of finishing 3rd in the ‘Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and 4th at the ‘Open de Madrid Valle Romano, he earned a tour card for 2008. He is the youngest Affiliate Member to earn a tour card.
  13. Mcllroy won his first professional tournament at the ‘Dubai Desert Classic’ on February 01, 2009. He was 19 years of age.
  14. His world ranking of number 39th in 2008 qualified him for the 2009 ‘Masters Tournament.’ He was runner-up at ‘USB Hong Kong Open’ and tied for 3rd place at ‘South African Open.’
  15. He was ranked world number 9by end of 2009 season. He lost 2009 European Tour Golfer of the Year or known as ‘The Race to Dubai’ Lee Westwood.
  16. In May 2009 he stirred a controversy by stating that ‘Ryder Cup’ is an exhibition event and golf is an individual sport. My goals are to win tournament for myself. In 20110, he regretted his earlier comments.
  17. After ‘WGC Accenture Match Play Championship,’ he took break from golf to treat his back problem. He often practiced for grueling eight hours.
  18. Mcllroy became the third player in their 20s and the youngest to win the ‘Quail Hollow Championship’ in May 2010. With a course record of 62, he captured his first PGA title. He was delighted and said ‘I don’t think I’ve ever played a better round in my life.’
  19. Mcllroy tied for a major championship record with a round of 63 which was good for -9 in the 2010 Open Championship. It is the lowest first round score in 150 years of Championship. He missed a birdie on the 17th hole for our right record.
  20. He missed the 2010 PGA Championship title, by missing the final-hole birdie to leave him one stroke out of playoff. He was tied for third place.
  21. Mcllroy said that he regretted his 2010 decision to skip the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrassand to give up his PGA Tour card. It was revealed his manger Chubby Chandler’s aversion to PGA Tour was the main reason apart from his closeness with his family and friends.
  22. In the 2011 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, Mcllroy shot a bogey-free 7 under par to lead the first three rounds and had four stroke advantages entering the finals. He had a score of 65-69-70 (-12). He shot the worst round on the final day to squander the lead.
  23. On June 19, 2011, his 72-hole aggregate score of 16-under-par 268 was a new U.S Open record. He went on to beat Jason Day in the final to claim the U.S Open title. He is the youngest winner since 1923.
  24. In 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, he was competing with high-profile filed including Tiger Wood, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. He shot rounds of 67-72-68 to start the round four in joint 3rd only to score 3-under-par 69 to finish second behind Robert Rock with.
  25. On March 04, 2012 Mcllroy became world number one ranked player by winning the ‘Honda Classic’ in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is the second youngest to reach number one.
  26. In 2012 he was voted the ‘European Tour Golfer of the Year’ award apart from winning the ‘Laureus World Sports Award’ in the category ‘Breakthrough of the Year.
  27. By winning the ‘2014 Open Championship’ at Royal Liverpool, on July 20, Mcllroy became the first European to win three different majors. He had won 2011 U.S Open and 2012 PGA Championship. He along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Wood to win three majors by the age of 25.
  28. In 2013, he signed an endorsement deal with Nike, rumored to be $ 250 million for 10-years. He is the third most marketable after Neymar and Lionel Messi.
  29. On 2012 New Year Honor list he was appointed ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his service to sport.
  30. On April 22, 2017, he married Erica Stoll after sixteen months of courtship at Ashford Castle, Ireland.

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