30 Things You Didn’t Know About Rory McIlroy

Take a look at 30 things you may not have known about four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy during an interview ahead of the 2022 DP World Tour Championship
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Full nameRory Daniel McIlroy
Date of birthMay 4 1989
BornBelfast, Northern Ireland
ResidesJupiter, Florida
SpouseErica Stoll
Turned pro2007
PGA Tour wins23
DP World Tour wins15
Major wins4 (US Open 2011, PGA Championship 2012 and 2014, Open Championship 2014)
Career high world ranking1st
Current tour(s)PGA Tour, DP World Tour
CaddieHarry Diamond
SponsorsNike, TaylorMade, Golf Pass, Optum, Omega, Workday

Rory McIlroy is one of those rare talents that transcends golf. Once viewed as the natural successor to Tiger Woods, the Northern Irishman is arguably the greatest player of his generation and the second-biggest name in the sport behind Woods.

McIlroy has won everything there is to win in the game barring The Masters, which has so far eluded him in a career that includes four Majors, multiple FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles, Ryder Cup wins and over 100 weeks as World No.1.

Get to know Rory McIlroy better with these 30 facts...

1. McIlroy is from Holywood, Northern Ireland, near Belfast.

2. As a result he grew up playing Holywood Golf Club.

3. He named his first dog after Ernie Els, calling it Theo (Els' first name).

4. His father Gerry was a scratch handicapper and he got Rory into the game of golf at a young age. 

5. His first coach was Michael Bannon who, incredibly, still coaches him 20+ years later. Rory has often consulted other coaches like Pete Cowen for example, but it seems he always returns to Bannon. 

6. He won the under-10s world championship at Doral in Miami at the age of nine.

7. Also aged nine, he appeared on TV chipping golf balls into a washing machine.

8. Reportedly McIlroy made his first hole-in-one at the age of 10.

9. At the age of 17, he was the number-one-ranked amateur in the world for a week.

10. He has been world No.1 for over 100 weeks.

11. He supports Manchester United and is also an Ulster Rugby fan.

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McIlroy attending a rugby match between Ulster and Bordeaux in 2016 (Getty Images)
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12. He attended the Northern Ireland vs Germany soccer match in Paris at the 2016 UEFA European Championships.

13. He also loves boxing and used to regularly attend fellow Belfast man Carl Frampton's fights.

14. He injured himself playing football in the summer of 2015 and subsequently missed the chance to defend his Open Championship title at St Andrews.

15. He was engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniaki but the pair broke up in 2014.

16. McIlroy became the fastest golfer in history to earn a European Tour card, doing so in two starts.

17. He is one of three men (along with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus) to have won four Majors by the age of 25.

18. McIlroy currently lives in Jupiter, Florida and like many other professionals, he practises at The Bears Club.

19. He received an MBE in 2012 for his services to sport.

20. He has been named RTE Sports Person of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2014.

21. He became the youngest man to earn €10m on the European Tour and $10m on the PGA Tour.

22. He created the company Rory McIlroy Inc. in 2015

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McIlroy winning the Silver Medal for low amateur at The Open in 2007 (Getty Images)
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23. At the 2007 Open Championship, McIlroy won the Silver Medal. He would then win his Open Championship title in 2014.

24. His caddie Harry Diamond is his childhood best friend and the best man at his wedding. The pair teamed up in 2017 after McIlroy broke off his eight-year partnership with JP Fitzgerald, who he won all four of his Majors with.

25. He made the cut in the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic as a 17-year-old and would have won almost €8,000 had he not been an amateur.

26. He identifies as Irish, Northern Irish and British

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McIlroy and his wife Erica celebrate after winning the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
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27. He got married to former PGA of America employee Erica Stoll in 2017 in County Mayo. They famously met while he was running late for his tee time on the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup. They have one child together, a daughter named Poppy.

28. He was one of only two sportsmen to make The Times Rich List in 2020 - the other was Lewis Hamilton.

29. He plays TaylorMade equipment, having previously been with Titleist and Nike. With TaylorMade, he also has his own line of junior golf clubs.

30. He left school aged 16 to concentrate on golf, with his parents taking up extra part-time jobs to fund his dream.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22

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