ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Rory McIlroy - Professional Golfer

Updated on September 3, 2013
Azure11 profile image

Marian (aka Azure11) has been playing golf for over 20 years and has volunteered as a marshal at quite a number of golf tournaments.

Rory McIlroy - Early Days

Rory McIlroy is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland. He was born on 4th May 1989 and had been a golf prodigy from a very young age. He turned professional in 2007 at the young age of 18 and has been heralded as 'the new Tiger Woods' a few times since.

His first victory came in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 where he just held his nerve on the last hole to chip out of the bunker and win the event by one shot from Justin Rose. I was lucky enough to be a marshal at that event and got my marshal's cap signed by him just after he had collected the trophy.

In 2009 he also became runner up in the inaugural Race to Dubai after an amazing year on the professional golfing circuit.

Since then he has continued to win events and has at times had variable form. Having now won 2 majors and reached number one in the world, the question is where will he go from here?

Ryder Cup Team

In 2010 he was chosen to represent Europe on the Ryder Cup team for the first time. Having been sceptical about the event previously, with this event he was totally overtaken with the whole emotion of the game and the magnitude of the crowds response to the Ryder Cup players and said that he never wanted to miss out on a Ryder Cup team selection again! of course it helped the the European team took the victory and that he was playing with one of his great friends and fellow Irish golfer, Graeme McDowell.

He was in the team again in 2012 and it seems likely this is the start of a long Ryder Cup career as long as he can keep his play reasonably consistent.

Myself and Rory McIlroy at the 2010 Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am
Myself and Rory McIlroy at the 2010 Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am

Rory McIlroy on Twitter

In 2010 Rory McIlroy signed up on twitter along with quite a few other golfers like Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Graeme McDowell and it is fun to listen to all the banter between the players. If you really want to get an insight into what the life of a professional golfer involves then follow them on twitter and you will really see!

2011 Masters Meltdown

In the 2011 Master from Augusta, Rory led the pack for the first 3 days of the tournament. However, having gone into day 4 with a 4 shot lead, the pressure became too much for the 21 year old and he did seem to have a bit of a golf meltdown with a final round of 80. It was no wonder really for someone of such a young age with that kind of pressure on him. But no doubt he has learnt from the experience and one day with clinch that major title.

Rory McIlroy Wins The 2011 US Open

So for the first 3 days Rory McIlroy blew away the field at the US Open and at the end of 54 holes he was 8 shots ahead of his nearest rival, although a couple of the players looking to reach him had great 3rd rounds of 6 under - notably Lee Westwood and Jason Day. YE Yang was the closest contender - he had a solid if unsensational round to hold his position in 2nd place overnight. Rory McIlroy became the quickest player to reach 10 under in the US Open, even eclipsing Tiger Woods achievements in 2000 and also the only player to reach 17 under during the tournament.

Some people doubted him, but it seemed that Rory McIlroy was a different man to the one who had thrown the Masters away on the last day just a few months earlier. In winning the US Open, he broke quite a lot of records, including being the youngest ever winner at 22 years and 1 month, beating Jack Nicklaus who was 22 and 4 months. He also posted the lowest total score over the 4 days and the lowest ever score for a US Open at 16 under par.

Rory McIlroy's Girlfriend

Although when McIlroy started in his professional golfing career he had a long term girlfriend from his home town of Portrush in Northern Ireland, after a while the travelling and rising stardom led to their split.

Since 2011 he has been in a relationship with the world number 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniaki. There relationship seems to be playing out to quite an extent in the public eye and they have not made much of an attempt to keep it out of the public eye. With both athletes having quite punishing schedules it will be interesting to see if the relationship can keep pace with their travelling.

How Far Can Rory McIlroy Go?

Many have predicted that Rory will win more majors than Tiger Woods. Well now he has the first one under his belt so the pressure is off. Tiger Woods has won 14 major titles and it is predicted Rory will win even more than this. He is only 23 so has plenty of time to catch up. However, once you have won one major title it seems that the press imagine that the rest will come thick and fast. Having said that it does seem that Rory himself is not phased by all this attention and is taking it in his stride. Having been brought up as a golf prodigy from an early age he already seems to have an old head on his young shoulders and so hopefully can continue to improve as time goes on.

Poll (Now Closed!)

Do You Think Rory McIlroy Will become Number 1 In The World?

  • 73% Yes, in the next 5 years
  • 18% Yes, eventually
  • 9% No
  • 0% Maybe
11 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Rory is World Number 1

So, like most of you predicted in the poll, Rory McIlroy has become the second youngest world golf number one ever. The youngest of course was Tiger Woods who became world number 1 at the age of 21. So at 22 years old Rory is not far off and it will be interesting to see if he can gather as many victories as Tiger has.

His promotion to world number one came after his victory at the Honda Classic in Palm beach, Florida on 4 march 2012, when he held Tiger Woods himself to 2nd place to claim victory with a steady 2 under par round which consolidated his lead from day 3. Tiger was on a charge with an 8 under par final round but had to settle for second place.

McIlroy takes over the world number 1 spot from Luke Donald.

Rory McIlroy Wins His Second Major

So Rory has got his second major victory under his belt by winning the USPGA in August 2012. It was an emphatic victory as he stormed away to win by 8 shots from his nearest rival David Lynn.

McIlroy's form has been a bit hit and miss in the last year and he has missed a bunch of cuts recently. However, this latest win puts him back in the world number one spot so it will be interesting to see how long he can stay there this time.

Rory Ends a Great 2012 Season

So, with consistency on his side Rory managed to top the US money list, win the Race to Dubai and at the final event of the season he won the DP World Tour Championship. McIlroy had the Race to Dubai in the bag before the final event even started as he was way ahead of his nearest rival Luke Donald, but all was to play for in the final competition.

McIlroy was tied for the lead with Luke Donald after the 3rd round but ended up a 2 shot winner after finishing his final round with 5 birdies.

With such a great end to the 2012 season, even better things are predicted for McIlroy for 2013.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)