Became just the third man in the modern era after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25, after dominating The 143rd Open Championship at Hoylake. Followed that sensational victory by picking up his first World Golf Championships title at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, before completing an extraordinary hat-trick of wins by fighting off Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson to claim his second US PGA Championship title, and consolidate his position as World Number One. Also prevailed at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, in 2014. Won The 2012 Race to Dubai after a memorable season during which he claimed his second Major Championship at the age of just 23 and signed off in style with victory in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Earlier in the season put in another magnificent performance to win his first US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
Won his maiden Major title in commanding fashion – claiming the 2011 US Open at Congressional by an astonishing eight shots. With that first victory he became the youngest European Major winner in history and banished the memories of two months earlier at the Masters Tournament, where he led by four shots going into the final round but carded an 80 to fall way back. Yet to experience defeat in The Ryder Cup, the Northern Irishman has appeared on Europe’s last three victorious sides. Made his debut at The Celtic Manor Resort in October 2010, where he won two points out of four. Followed that with three points from five to help Europe retain the trophy at The Miracle of Medinah in 2012, before his one defeat from five matches helped Europe to another commanding triumph at Gleneagles this year.
Also performed well in The 2011 Race to Dubai, where he had to settle for second behind Luke Donald, the same position he occupied in 2009 when Lee Westwood pipped him to the Harry Vardon Trophy. Had near-misses in Majors in 2010, coming tied third in both The Open Championship and the US PGA Championship, his opening 63 in the former at St Andrews the lowest first round in the history of the tournament.
Made his breakthrough on the US PGA Tour the same year, winning the Quail Hollow Championship thanks to a final round 62 to beat Mickelson. Enjoyed a glittering amateur career during which he reached the top of the World Amateur Rankings. Caught the eye with a superb opening 68 in The 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie, the only bogey-free round of the day, and finished third in his second event as a professional, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. That earned him enough money to assure his place in the top 115 to be the then youngest and quickest Affiliate Member to secure his card – in just two events.