Rory McIlroy says being ranked No. 1 in the world is “a really cool thing.” Check out How many majors has Rory McIlroy won.
Rory McIlroy : How many majors has won | Ranking
McIlroy had a successful amateur career, topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week as a 17-year-old in 2007.
Later that year, he turned professional and soon established himself on the European Tour. He had his first win on the European Tour in 2009 and on the PGA Tour in 2010.
In 2011, at the age of 22, he became the youngest player ever to reach €10 million in career earnings on the European Tour. In 2012, he became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy has represented Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and Ireland as both an amateur and a professional.
How many majors has Rory McIlroy won
He is a four-time major champion, winning the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship and 2014 PGA Championship.
Along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, he is one of three players to win four majors by the age of 25.
McIlroy hasn’t won a major championship in just about eight years. He emerged victorious at the PGA Championship in 2014, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
McIlroy trailed by one stroke after the first round but moved into sole possession of first place after 36 holes.
He staved off fierce competition from Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrick Stenson in the final round to earn a one-stroke victory, making par on the 18th hole. He shot 16 under for the event, and it marked his second consecutive major win.
McIlroy has won the U.S. Open. In fact, it was the first major he won during his career.
McIlroy, then 22, won the U.S. Open in 2011 at Congressional Golf Club in Bethesda, Md. He ran away with the event, carding a 16 under par for the tournament and winning by eight strokes. He led the tournament from wire to wire thanks to the 6 under 65 he posted in Round 1 of the tournament.
McIlroy also set a new record for the lowest aggregate score at a U.S. Open (268); Jack Nicklaus had previously held that record at 272.
Rory McIlroy ranking
Rory McIlroy is ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Spain’s Jon Rahm, who is ranked third, is on his heels and has performed just as well this season.
When a reporter asked McIlroy on Wednesday whether he’s still the best player in the world, he didn’t hesitate in answering yes.
“Because I do. I’m playing well,” McIlroy said, during a news conference ahead of this week’s WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. “I feel like, consistency-wise, I’ve been as good as I have ever been in my career.
“I said at the end of last year, I feel as complete of a player as I ever have. If you just look at my statistical categories, there’s no real glaring weaknesses there. I’ve worked really hard on that, to try to become a more well-rounded player.”
It would be easy to argue that either player is deserving of the No. 1 ranking based on what the two have done in their past eight worldwide starts. McIlroy has won three times during that stretch, including two weeks ago at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour, in which he admitted his game wasn’t at its best. He also won in his past two PGA Tour starts, the CJ Cup in South Carolina in October and Tour Championship in August.
Rahm has won four times since October, including the Spanish Open and DP World Tour Championship on the DP World Tour and in back-to-back PGA Tour starts at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the American Express.
McIlroy has finished in the top 10 in each of his past eight worldwide starts. So has Rahm, who also tied for second at the BMW PGA Championship in September.
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