Rory McIlroy: The Biography
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Hard-hitting Rory McIlroy was always destined to become a professional golfer, from the moment he recorded a 40-yard drive aged just two. His first hole-in-one came when he was nine, and he played in his first professional European tour event as a 16-year old in 2005. Despite high expectations, Rory keeps a cool head on his young shoulders and lets his golf do the talking. His maiden victory came in the nail-biting 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, and he has since gone on to win multiple titles around the world. After falling apart at the 2011 Masters, his breakthrough came in June 2011 when he won his first major, the US Open. An incredible 2012 followed, where he ended up ranked number one golfer in the world. But in 2013, despite high aspirations, Rory did not fare well in major tournaments until the end of the year, when he won the Australian Open by one stroke. This is the story of one of golf's greatest ever talents.
I think after that it was just Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. And he’s been my one big influence in my whole golfing life.’ Rory was also asked about his personal life – what he liked to do, and about when he had left school and with how many GCSEs. Laughing, he answered the throng of awestruck hacks: ‘A few [GCSEs]. I just started playing full-time amateur golf. The golf [authorities] in Ireland have been supportive – they’ve helped me tremendously and I’ve travelled all over the world at their expense,
hard-pressed to ignore him for the Ryder Cup. While it looks like a longshot, if he makes it, one can’t think of a better boost for someone’s fledgling career. He has already had a decent finish in The Open and after having missed his first cut in his professional career in Hong Kong, he seems more determined to perform at the highest level. One can only wish him all the best.’ Another Brown – Dave, a lifelong golf fan – was a little more wary of ‘going overboard’ about Rory. He said: ‘Sure, he
straight and honest and ever-realistic, Rory simply admitted: ‘I was still one shot ahead going into the 10th and then things went all pear-shaped after that. I’ll get over it – I’ll have plenty more chances, I know that.’ And he would add: ‘I don’t think I can put it down to anything else than part of the learning curve. Hopefully if I can get myself back into this position pretty soon, I will handle it a little bit better. It will be pretty tough for me for the next few days, but I will get
round of golf, albeit at one of the world’s top four tournaments. Later, Rory would provide a more open analysis of the situation when he added on Twitter: ‘Well that wasn’t the plan! Found it tough going today, but you have to lose before you can win. This day will make me stronger in the end. Oh and congratulations Charl Schwartzel!! Great player and even better guy! Very happy for him and his family!’ If anything summed up the boy from Holywood, it was that simple, honest tweet. An
got in on the act. Graeme handed him the trophy and observed: ‘It’s just phenomenal – you run out of superlatives to describe what he has done this week. He’s decimated a field. I’ve been waiting for this to happen. He’s that good, there’s no doubt about it. I first heard about him when he shot 61 at my home course in Portrush. You hear rumours about people and good players, but this kid is something special. ‘His swing is phenomenal – he’s got the full package as far as his golf game is