He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, after less than a year as a professional.
In 2012, he became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.
Mc Ilroy has represented Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and Ireland as both an amateur and a professional.
He 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.
S Open with a tournament record: Lowest score under par (−16), 2012 PGA Championship with a tournament record: Largest victory margin (8 strokes), 2014 Open Championship, and 2014 PGA Championship.