Rory McIlroy - The Golfer - Age, Height, Nett Worth & More

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Rory McIlroy only turns 30 this year, but he’s already been a leading figure on both the European and PGA Tours for the best part of a decade.

Turning pro at just 18, Rory McIlroy’s boyish enthusiasm for the game and the astonishing power he generates from a modest 5’10”, 160 lb frame made him an immediate favorite with golf fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

But Rory McIlroy is far more than just a crowd pleaser.

One of the most gifted ball-strikers to emerge in recent years. Rory McIlroy walks in the exalted company of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as one of only four players to have won three majors before the age of 25.

And he now needs only a Masters win to become just the sixth player ever, and the first European, to complete the “career slam” of US and British Opens, Masters and PGA championships.

Beginnings

Rory McIlroy was born in May 1989 in Holywood, Northern Ireland and took to golf at a very early age under the supervision of his scratch handicap father. It was soon apparent that he was possessed of prodigious talent and the young Rory’s first international trophy was the World 9-10 age group championship in Doral, Florida. By the age of 15 he was a European junior Ryder Cup player and one of the leading amateurs in Ireland, winning both the West of Ireland and the Irish Close Championships in 2005. In 2006 he won the European Amateur Championship in Milan and in 2007 was silver medallist as the best amateur in the Open at Carnoustie.

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The Professional Years

After his Carnoustie success and representing Britain and Ireland in that year’s Walker Cup, Rory McIlroy turned pro in September 2007. He placed in the top ten on six occasions during 2008, his first year on the European Tour, and secured his first professional win at the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2009.

By the end of that season he was already ranked ninth in the world, and recorded his first victory in America at Quail Hollow in 2010. In the Majors, Rory McIlroy finished third in both that year’s Open and PGA championships, but it was his performance in the 2011 Masters that really thrust him to the front rank of golfing celebrity.

The Masters - Augusta 2011

After an opening 65, Rory McIlroy led the tournament after each of the first three rounds, and teed off on Sunday with a four stroke lead. He was still leading at the turn, but then collapsed to a round of 80 and a tie for 15th place.

It was a humbling experience, but it was also what he would later claim to have been “the most important day” of his golfing life.

The US Open 2011

Certainly any lessons he needed to learn were learned quickly. Just two months later Rory McIlroy won his first Major, the US Open at the Congressional Country Club, Bethesda MD. He was the youngest US Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923 and posted a new record low total for the tournament.

The Majors and other Victories

Since Congressional, McIlroy has added the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championships and the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool to his tally of Majors.

In all he has won 15 times on the US PGA Tour, earning total prize money of more than $45 million, and nine times in Europe.

His most recent victory came in March 2019 when he added The Players Championship, golf’s unofficial “5th Major”, to his list of Tour victories.

Off Course

Despite his five appearances for the European Ryder Cup team, McIlroy now devotes most of his playing time to the PGA Tour and has lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, since 2012.

Estimate of his wealth vary widely, but multi-million dollar endorsement deals with Nike and TaylorMade, in addition to his tournament winnings, have undoubtedly made him one of the world’s highest earning athletes.

Rory McIlroy was awarded an MBE in 2012, and in 2015 married PGA employee, Erica Stoll.