Rory McIlroy: The Biography
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.
a day of frustration with everything; it was just a really slow start of day – I couldn’t really get anything going, I couldn’t get any momentum out there. I didn’t really hit it, the par 5s weren’t the best today so obviously you need to take advantage of them out here, which I didn’t. But I’m still within a couple of shots of the lead, I’m still in with a great chance. I was flat the whole day, ever since the first tee shot, just a little flat – I just struggled to really get anything going.’
54-hole leader in the history of The Masters. It was down to nerves and bad putting, as the Belfast Telegraph explained: ‘Rory McIlroy missed a short putt at the first hole in the final round of The Masters and it set the tone for the day. On Thursday morning at the first three holes, his stroke was assured. The first real test came with a tricky par-putt at the seventh and in it went. ‘His stroke was more tentative on Sunday. After the débâcle of the triple-bogey at the 10th, the weakness was
candidate to become a more active member of the PGA Tour, where the weather is normally certainly more to his liking – and where he often seems to produce his best golf. Yet one other possible reason for his blow-up would emerge in the days following the tournament. For it was revealed that he had split from his long-term girlfriend Holly Sweeney, one of the constant, steadying influences on his life, before The Open. A statement released by his management team on the Monday after the tournament
week. Earlier in the summer I was frustrated with how I was playing but a few people pushed panic buttons for no reason and it did motivate me. I don’t think I could have answered the criticism in a better way. To call myself a multiple major Champion…I feel very privileged to join such an elite list of names. ‘And to win my second major and get to world No 1 all in the same day is very special.’ Very special indeed – and Rory would now go on to win three more tournaments before 2012 became
the hands of the clock from 11.59pm to midnight each December 31. We are on McIlroy time now. Everything is different from here; or at least it should be.’ One writer even suggested humanity in general could learn from Rory how to deal with personal anguish after his Masters’ collapse. Associated Press writer Paul Newberry commented: ‘To say J.R. Hildebrand and Rory McIlroy are two of the biggest losers is totally missing the point. Sure, they had unfathomable meltdowns on two of the world’s