Native hero: Rory McIlroy is bidding to win the Open on its return to his native Northern Eire for the primary time in 68 years.
Grand slam chaser: McIlroy wants simply the Masters to hitch an elite group of 5 gamers to have accomplished the set of all 4 of golf’s majors. He has received 4 up to now in an illustrious profession, plus greater than $60 million in prize cash.
Standout junior: The younger Northern Irishman was a toddler prodigy. He received the World U10 title and right here poses with six-time main champion Nick Faldo after successful the Beneath 17 Division of the 2006 Faldo Junior Collection at Celtic Manor in Wales.
American idol: The younger Rory idolized Tiger Woods, who received his first main in 1997 when McIlroy was eight. At 9, he wrote to the US star, saying he was “coming to get him.”
Wider prominence: He was well-known on the beginner scene, making Tiger-esque waves in Northern Eire, however McIlroy first confirmed his abilities to a wider viewers as an 18-year-old when he completed as the very best beginner on the 136th British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, in 2007.
Skilled breakthrough: He delayed turning professional till after the Walker Cup, the beginner model of the Ryder Cup, in September 2007. He received his first professional occasion on the 2009 Dubai Desert Basic.
Household affair: McIlroy’s delighted dad and mom Gerry and Rosie had labored a number of jobs and poured each penny into his obsession with golf from a younger age.
Breaking America: His first win within the US got here on the Quail Hole Championship in Could 2010.
Main looming: A primary-round 63 on the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews urged McIlroy’s first main title was imminent.
Blown astray: However he struggled to deal with wild winds on day two and dropped again earlier than battling to a distant third place behind South African Louis Oosthuizen.
Close to miss: A number of weeks after the British Open, McIlroy missed out on a playoff by one shot to complete tied third on the US PGA at Whistling Straits.
Hair elevating: European Ryder Cup gamers and caddies wore wigs resembling Rory McIlroy’s shock of curly darkish hair forward of a observe session for the 2010 occasion at Celtic Manor.
Main coronation?: McIlroy was in impressed kind at Augusta for the 2011 Masters and led by 4 photographs going into the ultimate day. A maiden main victory seemed to be a formality.
Masters meltdown: He nonetheless led by one on the 10th tee within the remaining spherical. However an errant drive into timber to the left of the green sparked a well-known collapse as he dropped six photographs in three holes.
Scar tissue?: He carded a final-round 80 after having one arm within the inexperienced jacket. Many thought he’d battle to recover from his collapse.
File breaker: Nevertheless, he rebounded in spectacular trend with a wire-to-wire victory within the US Open two months later, breaking a number of scoring data alongside the best way.
Main winner: McIlroy received his maiden main title by eight photographs at Congressional Nation Membership, marking him out as the sport’s hottest property.
Homecoming: He took the US Open trophy residence to Holywood Golf Membership exterior Belfast the place he realized the sport as golf-mad teen.
Honest climate golfer: However on the British Open that summer season, McIlroy struggled once more in unhealthy climate and advised reporters he was not a fan of getting to battle the weather.
Prime of the world: Victory within the Honda Basic in Florida in March 2012 took McIlroy to world No.1 for the primary time — lower than 5 years after turning professional.
Operating late: An alarm clock episode meant McIlroy wanted a police escort to make the course on time however he succeeded in successful his Sunday singles match to assist Europe pull off the “Miracle of Medinah” within the Ryder Cup in Chicago.
‘Mind lifeless’: In one other trustworthy evaluation of his disappointing play, McIlory admitted to feeling like he was “mind lifeless” and “unconscious” as he struggled within the British Open at Muirifield, Scotland in 2013.
Childhood dream: The next yr, he dominated within the British Open at Hoylake, emulating Woods’ feat on the Liverpool venue in 2006, to raise his first Claret Jug and third main title.
Becoming a member of the greats: He grew to become solely the third participant after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win three majors by 25.
4 timer: Simply weeks later, McIlroy clinched the US PGA title at Valhalla, Kentucky. Victory in three of the sport’s 4 majors put him getting ready to a profession grand slam.
Masters miss: It wasn’t to be a 3rd main in a row and the ultimate leg of the grand slam as McIlroy ended fourth at Augusta in April 2015, taking part in alongside Tiger Woods on the ultimate day.
Love match: McIlroy was joined by accomplice Erica Stoll for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. The pair married the next yr.
Comeback child: After a 2017 disrupted by harm, a refreshed Rory hit again with victory within the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in March 2018, his first title since successful the Tour Championship in 2016.