Rory McIlroy started turning heads as a teenager, becoming professional before the age of 20 and then becoming a force on the world golf course. Although still in the relatively early part of his professional golf career, McIlroy has been rated as the best golfer of all time from Ireland. Here is the biography of the best golfer in Ireland. Let’s explore!
McIlroy was born in Hollywood, Northern Ireland, close to the Hollywood Golf Club and not too far from Royal Belfast Golf Club. His birthday was May 4, 1989. Does he have a nickname among his peers on professional golf tours? Many people call him “Rors”. In April 2017, McIlroy married Erica Stoll, a former US PGA official.
As a young man in Northern Ireland, McIlroy worked on his game with Michael Bannon, a Hollywood golf club. And it all happened quickly as a teenager with McIlroy. But 2007 was when McIlroy started to notice a global golf audience.
That year, he reached number 1 on the world amateur rankings and played on GB & I in the Walker Cup. That’s what he did in the pro tournaments, however, that turned his head. McIlroy first entered a professional tournament at the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007, at the age of 17. A few months later, after age 18, he was one of the first leaders at the British Open. He cuts and ends up as a low amateur.
McIlroy became a pro on September 18, 2007, and his first event was a British professional. In his second tournament, the Dunhill Links Championship, McIlroy finished third, securing himself a place in the Europe Tour next season.
In 2009, 20-year-old McIlroy won his first European tour at the Dubai Desert Classic. And at the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, McIlroy closed with 62 points for the first USPGA win. He was a few days shy of his 21st birthday, and he joined Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Seve Ballesteros as the only golfer, at the time, since 1970 to win USPGA before turning 21.