Michael Hepworth




HOLLYWOOD(Perfect Golf Today)8/12/14/–Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has been a golfing prodigy since he was a toddler. He became the youngest member of Holywood Golf Club at the age of eight and appeared on television, chipping balls into a washing machine.
In 2005 he became the youngest winner of the West of Ireland Championship at 15 and the Irish Close Championship at 16, going on to retain both title.
After a stellar amateur career, he turned professional in 2007 and immediately made an impact in the professional game, needing just two events to win enough money to earn his European Tour card.
It took him until 2009 to win his maiden title, the Dubai Desert Classic, but his progression since then has been spectacular.When Rory McIlroy claimed the Claret Jug at The Open 2014 he became only the third man in the modern golfing era to claim three Masters titles before the age of 25. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are his company in the record books.
With his victory in the 2012 US PGA, he became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors.  Later in 2012 he won the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Signed a reported $20m a year deal with Nike Golf in 2013
More information: McIlroy fast facts
Website: Twitter: @mcilroyrory
— World Number One (as of August 2014)
— Winner of Three Masters by the age of 25 (change to Four should he win on 10/8 at US PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky)
— Born in Holywood, County Down in 1989
— Introduced to golf by his father at the age of 2 and could soon hit the ball 40 yards.
— Became the youngest full member of Holywood Golf Club ( at the age of 8
— Won the world Under-10 title at Doral in Florida at 9 and had his first hole in one that year
— Shot a level par 69 at his home course, Holywood Golf Club near Belfast, at age 11
— Had a scratch handicap at 13
— Has always been coached by Michael Bannon, who was the professional at Holywood when he was a child
— Won the West of Ireland Championship at 15 and the Irish Close Championship at 16 in 2005. He was the youngest winner of both titles and retained then in 2006.
— Won the European Amateur Championship in 2006 and became the first Irish golfer to go to No 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking that year
— Set a course record of 61 on the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush Golf Club at the age of 16 in the 2005 North of Ireland Championship
— Played in the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2007, winning the Silver Medal awarded to the leading amateur
— Turned professional after the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down
— Finished third in his second professional event, the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to become the youngest player to secure his European Tour card.
— Became the youngest player to break into the world’s Top 50 in 2008
— Was the first player since Tiger Woods to win a US PGA Tour event before turning 21, the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship
— In 2011, shot 65 to become the youngest player to lead the Masters Tournament at the end of the first day
— Leading by four shots, he shot 80 in the final round of the 2011 Masters and failed to win
— Bounced back weeks later to win the 2011 US Open at Congressional by a record eight strokes
— Won the 2012 Honda Classic in Florida to become the first Irish player to reach No 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking
— Won PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year and European Tour Player of the Year awards in 2012
— A lifelong Manchester United fan, he likes to play football and tennis in his spare time