With yet another win under Rory McIlroy’s belt – this time the US PGA Championship in Valhalla – his status as ‘World Number One’ restored, it seems the County Down man can do no wrong. When Rory McIlroy raised the US PGA Wanamaker Trophy high in the air in Louisville, Kentucky, he could also lay claim to a staggering four major titles by the age of 25. But just where did this exceptionally talented young player find the skills to take on the world’s best and beat them all at their own game. We explore the courses that have made McIlroy a four-time major winner.
Where Rory McIlroy learned to play…McIlroy was a winner from an early age. He was raised on challenging links and parkland courses along the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland and won several prestigious titles as a teenager. No doubt these stood to him when he held off Tiger Woods in 2011 at the Honda Classic to become the World Number One for the first time.
Long hours of practice at his home club of Holywood in County Down gave the rising star the confidence he needed to produce the goods: proven in full when he captured the 2005 Irish Amateur Close title. The victory, at age 16, made him the youngest ever winner of the title, which had been captured in the past by stars such as Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell. It was also in 2005 that McIlroy set a new competitive course record with a score of 61 on the Dunluce links of Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim. The course dates back to 1888 and is the only club on the island of Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship – and looks set to once more in 2019. Follow this link for more info….