Born in Northern Ireland on the 4th of May 1989, Rory Daniel McIlroy is widely known as one of the best golfers of all time. Having had a successful amateur career as a teenager as well as an incredible professional career during his adulthood, McIlroy is, undoubtedly, an incredible sportsman.
Appearing in significant world rankings for the first time in 2007, Rory McIlroy has had a long and successful career. He’s been revered as one of the top names in golf in many championships and competitions and has always been one of the best in the business. Indeed, for many years, he was the one to beat.
Rory McIlroy’s Amateur Career
At only 15 years old, McIlroy was part of the Irish team at the European Boys’ Team Championship in 2004. Later that year, he competed in the Junior Ryder Cup and was part of the winning European team on foreign soil – the competition was held in the United States that year.
It was onward and upward from there for young Rory as he became the youngest-ever winner of the West of Ireland Championship as well as the Irish Close Championship in 2005. He won both competitions again – the former once more in 2006 and the later in both 2006 and 2007. By this point, McIlroy had already begun to make a mark in both national and international golf.
It was during this period that Roy decided to really take his golfing career seriously, choosing to put his heart and soul into amateur golf rather than take a scholarship to East Tennessee University that was offered to him in 2005. McIlroy went on to win a number of competitions over the next few years, which was like hitting the jackpot playing the online pokies Australia has to offer. He played alongside and against some of the greatest golfers of that time period and won some major titles.
Amateur Turned Professional
Finally, in September of 2007, Rory McIlroy turned professional and signed up with International Sports Management. His first competition as a pro was the Quinn Direct British Masters where he managed to shoot 290 (+2), putting him tied position for 42nd.
Over the next few years, McIlroy had a busy career full of ups and downs. However, it was in June of 2011 that he finally won his first ever major title at the US Open in Maryland. He had an incredible tournament, and his performance was unrivalled by any of his competitors, an incredible achievement considering the talent that surrounded him.
Since his US Open win in 2011, Rory has gone to win another three major titles, including the PGA Championship in 2012, the 2014 Open Championship and the 2014 PGA Championship.
Of course, in and amongst his major title wins, McIlroy has claimed several other competition titles, including the FedEx Cup among other things. He continues to compete all around the world and is still a highly successful golfer with an incredible career so far and many years of professional, and potentially masters, golf ahead of him.