Who is Rory McIlroy?

He is a four-time major winner, but who is Rory McIlroy? Find out more about the Northern Irishman with our player profile here…


One of the most gifted golfers in the history of the sport, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is a four-time major champion, former World No 1, and one of the faces of both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.

McIlroy had the opportunity to move Stateside to play college golf, but opted to stay at home, playing amateur golf in Europe. He topped the World Amateur Golf Rankings, and was a member of European Walker Cup teams before turning professional.

His third professional victory was also his first major title. The Northern Irishman lifted the 2011 US Open, where his aggregate score of 268 was a new record for the tournament, as he finished eight shots clear of the field. That was followed by two wins at the PGA Championship (in 2012 and 2014), and the Open Championship in 2014. A T2 finish at the Masters Tournament in 2022 is the closest McIlroy has come to completing the Grand Slam at the majors.

He has won the PGA Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup on three occasions, and the DP World Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai five times. He has also won the BMW PGA Championship and the Players Championship, the flagship events on the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, respectively. McIlroy is a three-time Rolex Series champion, all of which came in 2023 and 2024. He won the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in both years, while adding the Genesis Scottish Open title to his cabinet as well.

McIlroy has been a key part of the European team for more than a decade, with seven Ryder Cup appearances to his name. He has 18 points across those seven events, with the European team winning on five occasions. He secured four points at the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone, helping Europe to win back the trophy.

Rory McIlroy | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Rory Daniel McIlroy
Born: May 4, 1989
Nationality: Northern Ireland
Residence: Jupiter, Florida, United States


Turned Pro: 2007
Professional Wins: 40
Highest World Ranking: 1 – March 4, 2012

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
– Masters Tournament – 2nd (2022)
– PGA Championship – WON (2012, 2014)
– US Open – WON (2011)
– Open Championship – WON (2014)

Professional Wins – 40

2009 (1) – Dubai Desert Classic
2010 (1) – Quail Hollow Championship
2011 (3) – US Open, Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters, UBS Hong Kong Open
2012 (5) – Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship, DP World Tour Championship
2013 (1) – Emirates Australian Open
2014 (4) – BMW PGA Championship, Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship
2015 (4) – Omega Dubai Desert Classic, WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship, DP World Tour Championship
2016 (3) – Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Deutsche Bank Championship, Tour Championship
2018 (1) – Arnold Palmer Invitational
2019 (4) – The PLAYERS Championship, RBC Canadian Open, Tour Championship, WGC-HSBC Champions
2021 (2) – Wells Fargo Championship, CJ Cup
2022 (3) – RBC Canadian Open, Tour Championship, CJ Cup
2023 (2) – Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Genesis Scottish Open
2024 (3) – Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Wells Fargo Championship

Achievements and Awards

PGA Player of the Year – 2012, 2013-14
PGA Tour Player of the Year – 2012, 2013-14, 2018-19
Vardon Trophy – 2012, 2014, 2019, 2022
Byron Nelson Award – 2012, 2014, 2019, 2022
Race to Dubai Champion – 2012, 2014, 2015, 2022, 2023
European Tour Golfer of the Year – 2012, 2014, 2015
European Tour Players’ Golfer of the Year – 2012, 2014, 2015
Mark H. McCormack Award – 2012, 2014, 2015
FedEx Cup Champion – 2016, 2019, 2022

Rory McIlroy | What’s In His Bag?

He is part of Team TaylorMade, and uses the new Qi10 driver. He also plays Stealth Plus fairway woods, with his own Rors prototype irons. The four-time major champ wears Nike apparel and shoes.

Check out our full piece on what’s in Rory McIlroy’s bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Rory McIlroy

When and where was Rory McIlroy born?

He was born on May 4, 1989, in Holywood, Northern Ireland. McIlroy started playing golf at a very early age. His talent was recognized when he was still a toddler, hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. McIlroy turned professional in 2007, at the age of 18.

Who is Rory McIlroy married to?

He married former PGA of America employee Erica Stoll in 2017, having been dating for two years prior. Their daughter, Poppy Kennedy McIlroy, was born in August 2020.

In the week of the 2024 PGA Championship, McIlroy filed for divorce from Stoll after seven years of marriage. However, just a few weeks later, the divorce was called off, with the pair apparently reconciling.

Rory McIlroy

What is Rory McIlroy’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, his net worth is around $170 million. He has earned more than $125 million from PGA Tour winnings alone. That places him 2nd behind only Tiger Woods as the leading PGA Tour money earner.

What records does Rory McIlroy hold?

Some of McIlroy’s significant records include being the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour, the first European to win three different majors, and winning his first two major championships with record-breaking 8-shot victories.

Did you Know?

First European to Win Three Different Majors

McIlroy’s major victories span the U.S. Open in 2011, the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, and The Open Championship in 2014, making him the first European golfer to have been successful in three different majors.

Part of the Elite ‘Three Majors Before 25’ Club

With his victory at the 2014 Open Championship, McIlroy joined an exclusive group including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of the only players to win three of golf’s four majors before turning 25.

Record Breaking 8-Shot Wins

Rory secured his first two major championships with 8-shot victories, matching the largest winning margins in the history of both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

Youngest Member of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team

In 2010, at just 21 years old, McIlroy became the youngest player to make the European Ryder Cup team, underlining his exceptional talent from an early age. He has gone on to be a focal part of the team ever since.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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