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Rory McIlroy

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This page is our hub of information and features about golfer Rory McIlroy. As we add new stuff about Rory McIlroy to other parts of About.com Golf, we index those features here.

1. Rory Roars to Major No. 4

Rory McIlroy wins 2014 PGA Championship
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Another major, another victory for Rory McIlroy: Several weeks after winning the 2014 British Open, McIlroy made it back-to-back wins in majors at the 2014 PGA Championship. That gave McIlroy four major titles at the age of 25. Here's a look at where he ranks among golf's youngest major winners, and some other achievements worth noting.

2. McIlroy Wins 3rd Major at 2014 Open Championship

At age 25, Rory McIlroy won the 2014 British Open - the third major championship win of his career. Here's a brief recap of Rory's tournament, plus the final scores.

3. Rory McIlroy Biography

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Information about Rory McIlroy's early times in golf, his amateur career and his first few years as a professional golfer.

4. Rory McIlroy Pictures

Rory McIlroy 2007 Dubai Desert Classic
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View photo galleries of Rory McIlroy to browse through Rory pics. The images are accompanied by text describing early or significant events in the golfer's career.

5. Rory Runs Away with 2012 PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy earned his second career win in a major at the 2012 PGA Championship, just 23 years old. In fact, he's younger at the time of his second major than Tiger Woods was when Woods won his second. Here's a look at how McIlroy won the 2012 PGA.

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6. McIlroy Wins Honda Classic to Reach No. 1

March 4, 2012 - Rory McIlroy became the No. 1 player in the World Golf Ranking on this date, knocking Luke Donald out of the top spot, when he won the 2012 Honda Classic.

In McIlroy's 10 tournaments leading up to claiming No. 1, he won twice and finished outside the Top 5 just once (and that was an 11th-place showing).

The Honda win was McIlroy's third to this point on the PGA Tour; he also has three wins at this point on the European Tour, and five wins total as a pro. Yes, 3+3=5 in this case, because Rory's 2011 U.S. Open victory counts as both a PGA Tour and a Euro Tour win.

McIlroy was the 16th golfer to take the No. 1 position since the world golf rankings were established on April 7, 1986.

7. McIlroy Dominates 2011 US Open

Here's a look back at the 2011 U.S. Open, which was the place of Rory McIlroy's first major championship victory. Read a tourney recap and view the final scores.

8. Photo Gallery: Rory McIlroy, the Early Years

Rory McIlroy 2007 Walker Cup
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Does it seem odd to title a gallery "The Early Years" when the golfer in question is only 21 at the time the gallery was created? Maybe, but, then, Rory McIlroy has been drawing attention for a long time. This photo gallery tracks McIlroy's career from his early teens through his first victory on the USPGA Tour.

9. McIlroy's First PGA Tour Win: 2010 Quail Hollow Championship

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May 2, 2010 - Rory McIlroy beat the deadline by two days when he won the Quail Hollow Championship on this date. What deadline? The deadline to win on the PGA Tour while still just 20 years old. McIlroy turned 21 two days later.

Here's why that deadline is important: Since 1970, only three golfers (to this point) have won on the USPGA before their 21st birthdays. Those three golfers, and the tournaments they won, are:
  • Seve Ballesteros (1978 Greater Greensboro Open)
  • Phil Mickelson (1991 Northern Telecom Open)
  • Tiger Woods (1996 Las Vegas Invitational and 1996 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic)

Seve. Phil. Tiger. And after winning the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, Rory. That's good company to be in!

Before his win here, McIlroy's best previous finish on the USPGA came in the latter part of the 2009 schedule, a third-place at the PGA Championship. He'd missed his last two cuts in America prior to Quail Hollow, however, so the tournament-record 62 he fired in the final round to storm to victory had not been foretold by his showings leading into Quail Hollow.

10. Photos: Rory and Caro in Happy Times

Rory and Caro Pose in China
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The young-love romance between Rory McIlroy and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki didn't last. But it was fun while it lasted. Check out photos of the then-happy couple.

11. Rory McIlroy Official Web Site

Just what it says it is: McIlroy's official web site, with news, stats, photos and more.
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