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Rory McIlroy – A Biography

Rory McIlroy – A BiographyEarly Life

Rory McIlroy is one of the leading golfers in the world. His prodigious talent has put him in the same league with all-time greats like Tiger Woods in all aspects.

Rory was morn on 4th May 1989 in Holywood, County Down in Northern Ireland. He is the only son of Rosie McIlroy and Gerry McIlroy. Both Rory’s parents took extra jobs to invest in his golf development. His father Gerry is, himself a golfer who had a limited career success. It was him who introduced Gerry to the game at an early age and went on to coach him. His introduction to the game, however, is according to family lore, was as a result of his insistence to be taken to the local golf club by his father.

When he joined the Hollywood Golf Club, he was the youngest member at 7 years of age. To date he considers the Hollywood course his home course. During the early years of his involvement in the sport, he was a student at St. Patrick’s Primary School. He went on to join Sullivan Upper School for his secondary education.

Amateur Career

Rory McIlroy – A BiographyHis first major victory was the 9 to 10 years’ international championship which was held in Miami Florida at the Doral Golf Resort. Besides his father, Rory was also trained Michael Bannon. Bannon is still his coach and mentor to date. In 2004, then aged 15, Rory was a part of the squad that won the Junior Ryder Cup for Europe. The following year, at 16 years, he made history by winning both West of Ireland Championship and Irish Championship. He retained both trophies the following year and also went on to win the European Amateur championship which was held in the city of Milan, Italy.

In 2006, Rory was selected to represent Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy. As a result of a string of impressive performances, he was ranked top in the world’s amateur table on 6th February 2007. He remained top of the table for the next one week. Although he played impressively as an amateur, his amateur status was limiting him. In 2007, for instance, during the Dubai Desert Classic, he was forced to forfeit a 7600 Euros prize that he had won due to the fact that he was an amateur.

Professional Career

On 18th September 2007, aged 18, Rory signed a contract with International Sports Management which turned him into a professional. This was one day before the Quinn Direct British Masters tournament. He participated in the tournament and tied at 42nd position in the tournament rankings. Soon after this tournament, he became the youngest European to win a tour card in the history of tour cards. At this time, he was still an associate member. Rory went ahead to make position 95 in the order of merit, at this position, he was the highest ranked associate. Over and above the ranking he earned over 270,000 Euros in the tour which was his first major earning as a professional.

His career continued to flourish through the years and on 9th June 2011, he won the US Open. He set several records in the process. his celebrity has continued to grow over the years and he has used his position to champion different courses. In 2011, he was a UNICEF ambassador for Haiti. Raising awareness on the plight of children in the impoverished country. In 2012, he won the PGA championship. He also won the FedEx tournament. He won four events in a single season, a feat that had only been achieved by Tiger Woods 7 years earlier. In 2016, he won the Irish Championship and the PGA tour and the FedEx tournament.

Ranking

He has won PGA player of the year in 2012 and 2014. In the same year, he was runner-up in the BBC sports personality of the year. He was also knighted in the new year, 2012. Currently, he is ranked. He is currently ranked number two in the world. He has won many other awards in major golf tournaments all over the world.

Interesting Facts about Phil Mickelson

Facts about Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson is a famous American golfer who has established himself in golfing. The prolific golfer has won several championships throughout his career as a golfer. At the same time, Phil Mickelson has showcased his unique golfing skills and tactics. This has highly contributed to his immense popularity across the world.

What are the Facts associated with Phil Mickelson?

As a popular golfer, it is interesting to know what has made Phil Mickelson so successful and popular. Here are some of his facts:

1. Won 42 Events on the PGA Tour

In the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson has kept a record which is yet to be recently witnessed. He won 42 events including 5 major golf championships. These championships include: Masters Title in the years 2004, 2006, and 2010, PGA Championship in 2005, and also an Open Championship which he bagged in 2013.

2. In the History of Professions

Phil Mickelson has won himself a place in the world 16 golfers who have made it to win three out of the four professional majors. Many prolific golfers have only made it to two wins. This has made Phil a unique golfer.

3. Started Playing Golf before Schooling

This is an interesting fact about the immense interest in golf that developed in Phil Mickelson’s young age. At the age of 2 years, Phil had already shown where his career was hidden. Before joining school, he would join his father who liked practicing golf at home and practice together with him. This went on all along until Phil’s career in golfing was apparent.

Facts about Phil Mickelson4. Schooled and Graduated in San Diego

Phil was born in San Diego to the Mickelson’s family in 1970. Also, he went on to take his studies in San Diego. Phil attended the University of San Diego and he graduated later on in 1988.

5. An Prolific Amateur Golfer

At his young age, Phil captured the attention of golfers and golf fans in US. This was after Phil made it in showcasing his skills as an amateur face in US after he won three NCAA Individual Championships and also three Haskins Awards. This was during the years 1990, 1991, and 1992 before he was admitted to the university.

6. Won a PGA Tour in January 1991

At just 21 years, Phil Mickelson had established himself as a gifted amateur golfer. In 1991, Phil won the PGA Tour event. The event was in the Northern Telecom Open and it was held in Tucson.

7. The Stunning Left-Handed Swing

At 20, Phil made what many golfers before and after his age by them could not do. During the US Amateur event, Phil Mickelson made a record after he was named the first American golfer who has a left-handed swing to win the Amateur title.

8. Led Sun Devils to NCAA National Championship

At 20 years in 1990, Phil Mickelson was confident and gifted enough to lead a team to golf championship glory. During the NCAA Championship which was held during that year, Phil led the Sun Devils to claiming a win during the event.

Conclusion

With different records, unique skills, and proficiency, Phil Mickelson has established himself in the golfing world. He has bagged many wins and medals in different golfing events held at US at national and international levels.

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