Rory McIlroy Biography, Facts, Networth and Records

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Sportarsh article on Rory McIlroy talks about his biography, facts, networth and records. The Northern Irish man is a four time major champion. Winning these four majors placed him in the same bracket with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus; as the only players to win four majors at the age of 25.

Rory McIlroy is also a former world number one, topping the rankings for 100 weeks. Still talking of records, the golfer boasts of 20 PGA tour wins and 14 European tour wins as well.

Rory McIlroy Biography, Facts, Networth and Records:

Humble Beginnings

Rory McIlroy came into this world on the 9th day of May 1989. As the only child of his parents, he spent majority of his childhood at Holywood, County Down ( Northern Ireland), where he lived. Rory McIlroy interest in golf was instilled in him by his father at a really young age. His father, who is a former golfer himself bought a young Rory McIlroy a golf club.

The golf club became his favorite present as he even went to bed with the golf club still in his grips. Soon he started asking his father to take him to the Holywood Golf Club. His father listened and enrolled him at the golf club at the age of 7, thus becoming the youngest member at the club.

Turning Professional

After winning several Amateur golf championships and setting several individual records, he decided to turn professional. So on 18th September 2007, Rory McIlroy turned professional at age 18, playing in the European tour. Right after turning professional, he signed with a sports management agency called International Sports Management.

McIlroy failed to win any title in his first 3 years of turning professional. But this changed in 2011 when he won his first major championship; in the form of the U.S Open.

Rory McIlroy Family:


with mother on the left and father on the right

Rory McIlroy comes from a really supportive family and is blessed to have supportive parents as well. His father goes by name Gerry McIlroy and his mother Rosie McDonald.

The two knowing very well of their financial difficulties worked other jobs just to make sure their son’s dream of becoming a golfer becomes a reality.

While his father did other jobs for additional income, his mother on the other hand worked on shift basis at a plant.

Rory McIlroy Girlfriends

Before Rory McIlroy got married in 2017, he had previously dated two women. The two women are further discussed below.

Holly Sweeney

Holly Sweeney and Rory McIlroy were childhood sweethearts. The pair began dating when they were teenagers. They stayed together for more than a decade before Rory McIlroy asked for a split. It came as a surprise to her as she didn’t expect it to happen.

Caroline Wozniacki
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After breaking up with his childhood lover Sweeney, he went after Caroline Wozniacki. In simple terms, she was actually the reason he broke up with Sweeney in the first place. Rory met Caroline Wozniacki ( a tennis star) at a boxing event. They had a chat and they started seeing each other not long afterwards.

Most people thought they would eventually marry as they got engaged in 2013. But things didn’t work out even after sending out wedding invitation letters. Rory McIlroy explained his reasons below.

I thought at the time that being with someone that was in a similar position to you was the obvious answer. But it isn’t, because you can never get away from it. You can never detach yourself and try to come back to the real world

speaking to Irish Independent

Rory McIlroy Wife & Children

Rory McIlroy wife
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Golf star Rory McIlroy is married to wife Erica Stoll. The couple got married in 2017 but first met in 2012 at the PGA ( Ryder Cup). During their wedding, notable names like Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran were present to perform.

Three years after getting married, the couple welcomed their first child ( a baby girl ) on August 31 2020. They gave her the name Poppy Kennedy McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy Closest Friend

CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 11: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and his caddie Harry Diamond during the second round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 11, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Harry Diamond is McIlroy’s closest friend. He has been Rory McIlroy’s caddie since 2016 and the two have really developed a strong friendship. Harry was even Rory’s best man during his wedding. Among his closest friends includes tiger Woods. Unlike with Harry, his friendship with tiger is strictly on the tour.

Rory McIlroy cars

The golf star once stated he doesn’t like keeping secrets as everything he does, he likes the media to know. Rory likes to have fun and is a fanatic of fancy cars. Rory McIlroy has an Audi RS6, a Lamborghini LP 560-4 and a Bentley. Other reports indicate he owns a BMW i8 as well as a Ferrari F12.

Ferrari F12

Rory McIlroy House

Rory McIlroy house

The golf star lives together with his wife and child in a luxurious mansion worth $10 Million. Rory McIlroy purchased the house from fellow golfer Ernie Els in 2012. The house can be located in Florida. Inside the mansion is ten bathrooms and seven bedrooms. Also the property comes with its own tennis court among others.

Rory McIlroy Pet

Of all the pets in the world, Rory McIlroy is a lover of dogs. This comes as no surprise as the golfer once named his dog after fellow golfer Ernie Els. If you have payed close attention, you would notice he usually carries along a dog headcover anytime he’s on tour.

Rory McIlroy biography
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Rory McIlroy’s driver head cover during a preview day ahead of the 2019 Alfred Dunhill links Championship, at the Old Course, on September 25, 2019, in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy Zodiac

Rory McIlroy is a Taurus. It is the second astrological sign in the modern Zodiac and people born between April 19 to May 20 fall under this. The symbol can be seen below.

Rory McIlroy biography

Rory McIlroy Religion

Interested in Rory McIlroy’s religion? Well the golf star is a born and raised Roman Catholic. The faith is deeply rooted into his family. It was this same faith that got his great uncle from his father’s side killed. It’s a sensitive issue and as such details cannot be given here.

Rory McIlroy Records

The northern Irish-man boasts of impressive records as well as individual awards. He’s among the very best golfers in the world. Below are some of his records and achievements.

  • Rory McIlroy has won 20 PGA tours
  • He also boasts of 14 European tour wins
  • He’s won four major championships. Namely the Masters Tournament, PGA championship (2x), US Open and the open championship
  • He ended up as the leading money player in 2012 and 2014 respectively
  • In 2012 and 2014, he was named PGA player of the year

Rory McIlroy Networth and Endorsement

According to celebritynetworth, Rory McIlroy has an estimated NetWorth value of $150 million. Per year the golf star is capable of earning close to 40 to 50 million from endorsement and tournament winnings.

Talking of endorsement, the northern Irish-man so far in his career has been sponsored by Nike, TaylorMade, Jumeirah group and EA sports.

Charity Works

Rory McIlroy used to have a foundation named the rory foundation. The aim of the organization was to support other children charities. In 2016, he donated a staggering amount of about $1 million to his charity. But sadly his organization is no longer in existence. It closed in 2019.


Now to his followers. Going through his profile across Twitter and Instagram, the golf icon has over 2million followers on Instagram and over 3 million on Twitter. See below pictures.

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