Rory Mcllroy is an Irish professional currently playing at both the PGA and European Tours. He dominated the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks and has won four major championship tournaments. Mcllroy won the 2011 edition of the U.S. Open with an outstanding record. Along with two other professionals: Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, they hold the record for winning three majors before hitting 25years old.
Mcllroy has had a competitive amateur career and has topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a week in 2007. He was 17 years old. He turned pro two years later and went on to establish a name for himself in the European Tour. Mcllroy enjoyed his first win on the European Tour in 2009 and won his first PGA Tour in 2010. He made history in 2011 for being the youngest golfer to hit £10 million in earnings on the European Tour, and the next year, he made history for being the youngest golfer to hit $10million career earnings on the PGA Tour.
Mcllroy was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland and was introduced to the sport at a very young age. At 15 years old, he played on the winning team in Europe’s 2004 Junior Ryder Cup in Ohio. In 2005, he made history for being the youngest golfer to win the Irish Close Championship and the West of Ireland Championship. He took home the win for the 2006 European Amateur organised at Biella Golf Club with a score of 274. Even though he signed up to play collegiate golf at the East Tennessee State University, he dropped the scholarship for Europe’s amateur golf.
Mcllroy turned pro in 2007 and got ranked for the first time in the Official World Golf Ranking a year later. He finished position two at the 2008 UBS Hong Kong Open and tied for position three at the South African Open. This achievement accorded him an entry at the 2009 Masters Tournament. Mcllroy’s first professional win was at the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, which improved his world ranking to position 15.
Mcllroy’s career as a professional golfer has followed a wonderful trajectory. He has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year, Vardon Trophy, PGA Tour Player of the Year, and Byron Nelson Award. He has also been voted the European Tour Golfer of the year and has won the Race to Dubai.