Tourism Ireland 8-12-14 Newsletter: Rory McIlroy, Golf’s Golden Boy with Biography of an Irish Golf Hero

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Rory McIlroy: Golf’s Golden Boy

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. more

Rory McIlroy: Biography of an Irish Golf Hero

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has been a golfing prodigy since he was a toddler. He became the youngest member of Holywood Golf Club at the age of eight and appeared on television, chipping balls into a washing machine. more

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Probably the best links course in the world

Just a few days after beating Faldo in Ballyliffin, McIlroy retained the Irish Close title at The European Club and declared that it was the best links course he had ever played.

That’s high praise from a player who grew up just a few minutes’ drive from the great links of Royal County Down and regularly teed it up at Royal Portrush when he was just a young boy.

“The European Club is probably the best links course that I have ever played, and I include Royal St George’s, Royal County Down and Royal Portrush in that,” McIlroy said at the time. “It’s just the definition to it and then there are the sleepers in the bunkers. The fairways are the best I’ve ever played on. It’s totally unbelievable.

“I love courses where you really have to think your way around. It gets me focused much more. That’s pretty much why I’m so impressed with it.”


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