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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is a prominent golf player by profession. Rory McIlroy is well-known as the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for ninety-five weeks. On top of that, he is the youngest player to win a PGA Tour playoff. Let us know more details about the famous golfer.

Early Life and Childhood

The golfer, Rory McIlroy’s birth date is on May 4, 1989. He was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland. His parents are Gerry and Rosie McIlroy. Talking about his siblings, he is the only child in his family. At present, he is 34 years old with Tauras as a zodiac sign.

Rory McIlory and Gerry McIlroy

Caption: Rory McIlroy with his father (Instagram)

Similarly, he belongs to Northern Irish nationality. His ethnicity is Northern Irish, British, and Irish. From a very early age, he was interested in playing golf. He was also introduced to golf at a young age as his father was a professional golfer.

Surprisingly, he hit a 40-yard drive when he was just two. At the age of seven, he joined the Holywood Golf Gub. When he was nine, he hit his first hole-in-one. He started showing his talent in golf when he was very young. It was also said that his parents used to work extra for the expenses of their son’s golf training.


Likewise, Rory McIlroy completed his early studies at St. Patrick’s Primary School.  The school is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Later on, he joined Sullivan Upper School for further higher school studies. And, this school is located in Belfast, Holywood, United Kingdom.

Rory McIlroy – Career and Professional Life

Similarly, Rory’s training started through Michael Bannon. Michael Bannon is his trainer until the date as well. At the age of 15, McIlroy was able to become a part of the Europe team in 2004. The next year, he made his first appearance at a European Tour event. He participated in the British Masters. Astonishingly, he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy. Also, he was part of Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup of 2007.

Only in 2007, he became a professional golfer. He then signed with International Sports Management. In the consecutive year, he played in the European Tour season in 2008. He also found a place in the top 200 of the Official World Golf Ranking. 

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Caption: Rory McIlroy playing golf in a tournament (Instagram)


In 2009, the talented golfer participated in the Master’s Tournament. What’s more, is that he participated in two major championships- the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.  He received his first PGA Tour win in 2010. In the same year, he could not win the 2010 PGA Championship as well.

In 2011, he could become the first player to score a 13-under-par. After a year, he lost the tournament of the Transitions Championship in 2012. Unfortunately, he could not perform well in many tournaments in 2013.

Additionally, he won two tournaments in 2014. They are BMW PGA Championship and Open Championship. In 2015, his ligaments were injured and had to withdraw from several events. However, he won Omega Dubai Desert  Classica. In a similar token, he could not give a good performance in WGC-Cadillac Championship. In 2017,  his performance was affected because of her numerous injuries.

Ultimately, he finished runner-up in the European Tour as well as Omega Dubai Sedert Classic in 2018.


In 2019, he participated in the Sentry Tournament of Championships, Farmers Insurance Open, and Genesis Open. The other tournaments in which he participated are WGC-Mexico Championship and Arnold Palmer International. In that year, he missed the Saudi International.

In 2020, he received a lot of wins and gained the number-one ranking from Brooks Koepka.

Rory McIlroy – Brand Endorsements

McIlroy has evolved as one of the most marketable athletes in recent years, and Nike moved quickly to sign him to a long-term contract in 2013. He appeared in several commercials, including one with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney. He also has endorsement partnerships with the Jumeirah Group, EA Sports, Bose Audio, and Titleist, which manufactures golf balls and other game accessories.

Awards and Nominations

Amazingly, Rory McIlroy received his very first international event at the World Championship in Florida. In 2004, his Europe team won the Junior Ryder Cup. Moreover, he also became the youngest winner of the West of Ireland Championship.

In 2007, he could be able to top the World Golf Ranking.  Professionally, his first win was at the Dubai Desert Classic. In 2012, he won the Honda Classic tournament. Also, he claimed the number-one spot in the world rankings. In that year, he won the PGA Championship and BMW Championship. He was awarded the Tire PGA Player of the Year.

Besides, he received the award of RTE Sportsperson of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he was honored with MBE. In addition, he got his first victory in 2016 at the Irish Open. Then, he won Tour Championship as well as the PGA Tour season.

In 2019, he won the Players Championship, RBC Candian Open, Tour Championship, and FedEx Cup. Also in 2018 and 2019, he was the PGA Tour of the Year. He won the Jack Nicklaus Award. He was the winner of the WGC-HSBC Champions

Further awards

Moreover, his other award titles are the Vardon Trophy(2012), Byron Nelson Award(2012), and European Tour Golfer of the Year (2012). Also, he won the Mark H. McCormack Award, Laureus World Sports Award(2012), and BBC Northern Sports Personality of the Year(2011 and 2012). On top of that, he also owned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year(2015).

Rory McIlroy – Net Worth 2023

According to some sources of information, The golf player’s net worth is estimated to be 150 million dollars. In the bargain, he earns approximately $40-50 million annually through his various tournament winning as well as endorsements.

Remarkably, he had earned 15 million dollars just by winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup back in 2019.

Personal Life

There are a few past relationships Rory had been involved in. From the year 2003 to 2012, he was dating Holly Sweeney. In 2013, he has been engaged to Caroline Wozniacki. However, they separated after a year in 2014. In the same year, he also stayed in a relationship in late 2015 with Meghan Markle.

Rory McIlory and Erica Stoll

Caption: Rory McIlroy with his wife, Erica Stoll (Instagram)

Nevertheless, Rory McIlroy is now married to Erica Stoll. The couple married on 22nd April 2017. Hence, they have been married for two years.


There are certain controversies related to Rory McIlroy. Back in 2009, he claimed that RyderCup is an exhibition for which he regretted his comments later on and admitted the opposite fact of his previous comments.

Secondly, the player was once criticized by Phil Mickelson and Brandel Chamblee because he had skipped The Players Championship in 2011. Thirdly, he also once commented on the prediction of golf tournaments according to the weather.

In 2022, commentator Jay Townsend criticized her. Then, he tweeted on Twitter by considering the commentator a failed golfer. Later on, he said that the tweet was made in defense of his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald. Similarly, in 2015, he threw a club into the water at the WGC- Cadillac Championship. After that, he apologized for his mistake.

Body Measurements

Unfortunately, there is a lack of facts and figures regarding the golf player’s body measurements, height, weight, shoe size, and dress size. Nonetheless, his hair color and eyes color, both are light brown.

Social Media

Rory McIlroy is active on all social media platforms. He has more than one million followers on Facebook. Likewise, he has 2 million followers on Instagram. His username on Instagram is @rorymcilroy. He had posted 522 posts on it till now. Also, he has 3.1 million followers on Twitter under the name, @McIlroyRory.