Golf – Who is Rory McIllroy?
Rory McIlroy is a 20 year old Northern Irishman who is beginning to make a name for himself in the world of Golf.
Some of you might remember him from the 2007 Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie when he fired an opening round three under par 68 as an Amateur.
Rory represented Europe in the winning Junior Ryder Cup team in 2004, before becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious West of Ireland and Irish Close Championships in 2005. The following year he successfully retained both Irish amateur titles and in August 2006 he won the European Amateur Championship.
Rory's maiden victory came in the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic where he endured a nail-biting final hole and ultimately beat Justin Rose to the title by one shot.
If he wins this week's Dubai World Championship, he will become the second-youngest order of merit winner behind Seve Ballesteros who did it at age 19.
He will be joining the US Golf Tour next season. He said that he wants to challenge himself against the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
He currently ranks in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings which has assured him a coveted place in the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta in April.
Hip Hop and Funky House are his favorite types of music. On his time off from the golf tour, he enjoys hanging out with his mates, playing tennis and football and enjoying a ride in his new Ferrari 430.
Rory McIllroy goal for 2010 is to have a world golf ranking in the top 5.
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