Top 5: Best shots of Rory McIlroy’s career so far

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We take a look at some of the Irishman's greatest shots

Four-time Major winner Rory Mcllory is one of the star names in world golf.

The 26-year-old from Holywood, Northern Ireland, is one part of the so-called ’Big Three’ along with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.

Despite sitting behind them in the world rankings, Mcllory is arguably the more established player out of the three having won four Major titles.


Some of the iron shots the World No 3 can pull off are reminiscent of when a certain Tiger Woods was at his prime.

Although Mcllory has a very long way to go before he can reach Woods’ level of success, some of the videos below highlight that he possesses the necessary skills to add to his Major tally in the years to come.

Here are Mcllory’s top 5 best shots of his career so far.


5. Cheeky chip at the 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup


Mcllory’s chip shot at the 10th flew into hole with little fuss. Mcllory made the attempt look like a walk in the park and the camera quickly turns to his playing partner and fellow countryman Graeme McDowell bowing in appreciation.

We’re not worthy, Rory. We’re not worthy!



4. Rory says ‘auf wierdersehen’ to his rivals at the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship


This shot at the 6th hole is as close as you can come to perfection when attacking the pin.

Mcllory almost scoffs at the potentially troublesome water hazard close by and pings the ball to within just inches of the hole.

Gutsy stuff from the deserved winner of the competition in Boston.



3. Clutch approach shot at 2014 Honda Classic


Mcllory led for the majority of the four days at the PGA National in Florida.

But a poor final round resulted him needing to pull off a birdie on the par-5 18th to secure a spot in a four-way play-off.

Mcllory plastered a risky 5-wood shot from 245 yards away over the water protecting half the green to set himself up for a possible eagle.

He missed the putt but his birdie forced him into a four-way play-off, which was won by Russell Henley.

However, Mcllory’s stunning shot was still a thing of beauty.


2. PGA Championship stunner from Rory


Mcllory’s 281-yard approach shot on the par-5 10th hole at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, played a major part in him winning his fourth Major title and second PGA Championship in August 2014.

The ball skimmed across the fairway and rolled just seven feet away from the hole.

Mcllory kept his composure to sink the putt for an eagle.

He would go on to win the tournament by a single stroke over Phil Mickelson.


1. Anything Yang can do Rory can do better


Mcllory has been quoted previously as saying that his tee shot on the par-3 10th at the US Open, played at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland, was a key moment in setting him up for his first Major crown.

His playing partner Y. E. Yang had just played a beauty of a shot to within four feet of the hole.

Undeterred, Mcllory thumped a 6-iron shot which the caught the top of the slop behind the flag. It looked like Yang had outdone Mcllory on this occasion, but then the ball started trickling past Yang’s attempt and finished just inches away from the cup.

Mcllory would go on to finish on -16, eight shots ahead of nearest rival Jason Day.

The young Irshman had delivered on the big stage.



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