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.
His 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.
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.
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.