Rory McIlroy is just 29-years old, but the Northern Irish golfer is tied for 64th on the all-time PGA Tour wins list with 14. McIlroy had mercurial rise in professional golf although he has seen a lull in recent years. There are expectations he can get back to his very best now that he is free of injury.
McIlroy turned professional in 2007 at the age of 17. In just a few weeks of being professional, McIlroy became the youngest player to ever secure a European Tour card. In just a short time, he had turned heads and his PGA career hadn’t even taken off yet.
The Northern Irishman spent much of 2008 and 2009 on the European Tour; and his first tournament win came in 2009 at the Dubai Desert Classic. Just over a year later he won his first PGA Tour event at the Quail Hollow Championship. McIlroy was making waves, but he hadn’t truly established himself as a top PGA Tour professional. That changed in 2011 when McIlroy won the U.S. Open by eight strokes over Jason Day.
McIlroy followed up 2011 with an even better 2012 on the PGA Tour. He won three events including the PGA Championship. While 2013 was a barren year, McIlroy rebounded in 2014 by winning the Open Championship and the PGA Championship for the second time. Over the next two years, McIlroy collected four PGA Tournament trophies.
He suffered through 2017 with constant injuries that hampered his drive. It kept McIlroy from competing in some of the PGA Tour’s events, and he even spent 100 days off the tour. No wins went his way, but the 2018 season has seen a return of the old McIlroy. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in May giving fans hope he will be back to his very best.
McIlroy has already won three different majors and four in total. The only tournament that has eluded him is the Masters. His best finish in the event came in 2015 when McIlroy finished fourth overall. He is still young and McIlroy’s best years could still be ahead of him. The Northern Irishman should have plenty more opportunities to win the Masters and add his name to the list of golf grand slam winners.