Sunday, 11 November 2012
Rory McIlroy   (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

In winning the Race to Dubai for the first time, Rory McIlroy achieved a number of notable milestones. Here we look at his season to date and career highlights.



(After the 2012 Barclays Singapore Open)
Events Played 13
Wins 1
US PGA Championship
Runner-up 3
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship, BMW Masters
Other Top Ten Finishes 5
3rd – WGC – Cadillac Championship, 3rd – Barclays Singapore Open, 5T – Omega Dubai Desert Classic,
5T – WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, 10T Irish Open
Money Won € 3,696,597
Avg Per Event € 284,354
Stroke Avg 69.86
Total To Par -70
Total Rounds 44
Total Rounds at Par or Better 33
Total Rounds Under Par 30
Rounds in 60s 24



  • Becomes European Tour Number One for the first time.
  • Becomes the second player to be Number One on The European Tour and the US PGA Tour in the same season, following Luke Donald in 2011.
  • Becomes just the third player after Greg Norman and Luke Donald to finish Number in Europe and America.
  • Becomes the second player  from Northern Ireland following Ronan Rafferty in 1989, to become European Tour Number One.
  • Becomes the youngest player to reach Number One since Sandy Lyle in 1980, aged 22. Since 1972, becomes the fourth youngest player to be crowned European Tour Number One, following Seve Ballesteros (19 in 1976, 20 in 1977 and 21 in 1978), Sandy Lyle (21 in 1979 and 22 in 1980)  and Dale Hayes (23 in 1975).

Career Highlights

• Born 4th May 1989.

• Aged two hit a 40 yard drive.

• Aged 13 won the 2002 Ulster Boys Championship.

• Aged 14 won the 2003 Irish Boys Championship.

• Aged 15 won the 2004 Irish Youths Amateur Championship.

• Aged 16 became the youngest player to win the Irish Amateur Close Championship in 2005.

• Aged 17 won the Irish Amateur Close Championship for a second consecutive year in 2006 and became European Amateur Individual Champion.

• Aged 18 won the Silver Medal as Leading Amateur in The Open Championship in 2007, after finishing tied 42nd. Aged 18 was also the Number One Ranked Amateur.

• Aged 18 represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in 2007.

• In September 2007, aged 18 turned professional and joined The European Tour as an Affiliate Member. Won enough money from just two events to finish in the top 115 of The Order of Merit in 2007. Was the then quickest player to achieve the feat.

• Aged 19 won his first European Tour event at the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, to become the seventh youngest winner in European Tour history.

• Aged 20 became the second 20 year old to reach the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2009.

• Aged 22 and 46 days became the youngest European Tour Major winner since The European Tour began by winning the 2011 US Open Championship, the youngest winner of the US Open Championship since 1923.

• Aged 22 years and 305 days became the second youngest player to reach Number One in the Official World Golf Ranking, following Tiger Woods, who was 21 years and 167 days, when he first reached Number One on June 15th, 1997.

• Aged 23 years and 100 days won his second Major Championship at the 2012 US PGA Championship. Became the youngest player to win the Championship since the tournament became stroke play in 1958. In the process moved back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

• Wins two of the 2012 US PGA Tour FedEx Cup Series, the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship, as well as the Honda Classic in March, on his way to winning the US PGA Tour Money List.

• Aged 23 years and 191 days claims his first Race to Dubai title. Is the youngest player to be crowned European Tour Number One since Sandy Lyle, aged 22 in 1980. Only Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle and Dale Hayes were younger winners since 1972.

• Followed Luke Donald in 2011 by winning both the money titles of Europe and the United States in the same season.




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