Rory McIlroy is a professional golfer who was born on 4 May 1989 (age 32).

He is currently a member of the PGA Tours (organizer of the main professional golf tours played by men in the USA) and the European Tours (an organization in Europe that operates the professional golf tour).

During his career, Rory was able to maintain his world No. 1 position for around 100 weeks in the Official World Golf Ranking.

He is also a four-time winner of the PGA Championship and a one-time winner of the U.S. Open (2011). He also won the Open Championship in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only two other players to win four majors.

In 2007, Rory success at an early age after topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He maintained his position for one week as a 17-year-old.

He turned professional and established himself during the European Tour later that year.

His first win was at the PGA Tour and in the 2010 European Tour.

He became the youngest player at the age of 22 to reach €10 million in career earnings after the 2011 European Tour.

Additionally, he was also the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings during the PGA Tour.

In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, Rory has represented Ireland and Great Britain as both an amateur and a professional.

In 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2018, he played for Europe and led them to win against the United States at the Ryder Cup.

In 2011 and 2014, he was twice named RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for his individual and team achievements.

Rory is 73 kgs heavy and 5 ft 9 in tall.

Early life, golf and family

Rory was born on 4 May 1989 in Holywood (a town in Belfast, Northern Ireland).

He is the only child of his father (Gerry McIlroy) and his mother (Rosie McDonald).

He gained his education from St. Patrick’s Primary School and then attended a mixed non-denominational voluntary grammar school in Holywood, the Sullivan Upper School.

Golf was introduced to Rory by Gerry, his father. He was his coach from an exceptionally young age. His father, himself is a fine golfer and once played a scratch handicap level.

Every day he used to ask his father implicitly to take him to the Holywood Golf Club. He was shown the correct grip by his father and received a new golf club as a present.

McIlroy soon joined the Holywood Golf Club. At the age of seven, he became the youngest member of the club. His early favorite golf technique was by champion Nick Faldo.

Career

Rory was a member of Europe’s winning team at the age of 15 after playing the Junior Ryder Cup team in Ohio back in 2004.

In 2005, through the West of Ireland Championship (retained in 2006) and the Irish Close Championship (back-to-back wins in 2006), Rory became the youngest-ever winner. 

At the 2007 Walker Cup, Rory was a part of the Great Britain & Ireland team. He was paired with Jonathan Caldwell and the match was halved on the first day of the event.

Rory faced Billy Horsche in the singles for the afternoon session. With a score of 2 & 1 in morning foursomes, Rory and Caldwell lost on the second day.

However, Billy won 1 up, and in the afternoon, Rory won by a score of 1 up after he faced Horschel again in singles. His overall record was 1–2–1 in the Win-Loss-Tie format.

He then led The United States to win with a score of 12½ to 11½.

In 2005, a few days after turning 16, Rory made his first appearance during a European Tour in the British Masters event.

In 2007 at the Dubai Desert Classic (European Tour), he made the cut for the first time as a 17-year-old.

Due to his amateur status, he had to drop the prize money of around €7,600. In 2007, Rory was awarded The Silver Medal as the leading amateur at the Open Championship. 

Controversy

During the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Rory threw a club into the water after hitting the par-5 eighth hole.

Afterward, he apologized for his actions and by saying: “It felt good at the time but now I regret it. Frustration got the better of me.”

In 2016, Rory, on the eve of the Open Championship, expressed that he would not watch the golf tournament at the Olympic Games. He even went on to say that he would focus on sports including swimming.

Due to the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil, he withdrew from representing Ireland in the games.

McIlroy went on to admit his surprise following the results of the tournament. He also said that he had been wrong to dismiss it.

Additionally, he outlined his intention to represent Ireland and to compete at the Olympic Games in 2020.

Personal life

Rory is usually reluctant to discuss his nationality at length. However, he has self-identified as British (carries a British passport) and Northern Irish.

Rory was raised Roman Catholic.

In 2016, golf became an Olympic event for the first time since 1904 and Rory declared that if he qualified, he would represent Ireland.

From 2011 to 2014, Rory dated Caroline Wozniacki, a Danish tennis professional player.

On 31 December 2013, they got engaged but ended it on 21 May 2014.

Then in 2015, he started dating Erica Stoll, a former PGA of America employee.

In December 2015, while in Paris on holiday they became engaged. They married at Ashford Castle in April 2017 in Cong, County Mayo, a village in Ireland.

In September 2020, they had Poppy, their daughter.

According to the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, Rory was the joint sixth highest-paid sportsperson after having earned US$50 million. Out of these, $34 million came from endorsements. 

In March 2015, Rory McIlroy Inc was created, a company founded by Rory.

The management of his royalty payments through his several endorsements was managed by Donal Casey. Additionally, he also headed the company.

NameRory McIlroy
Born4 May 1989
Age32
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight11.5 st (161 lb; 73 kg)
NationalityNorthern Ireland
SpouseErica Stoll
Children1

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