No. 7: Rory McIlroy

2011 Golf Preview: The Top 20 Golfer Countdown

2011 Golf Preview: The Top 20 Golfer Countdown

2011 Golfer Countdown

BORN: May 4, 1989, Holywood, Northern Ireland


2010 PGA TOUR EARNINGS: $2,554,280

WORLD GOLF RANKING: 7 (as of Feb. 17, 2011)

GOLF CHANNEL’S BRANDEL CHAMBLEE GIVES HIS TAKE: Rory McIlroy, whether he is closing with a 62 to win at Wachovia or opening with the lowest score in the 150-year history of the Open Championship (63), is a player not to be missed. The first player since Tiger Woods to win on the PGA Tour prior to his 21st birthday, McIlroy has already recorded three top-three finishes in only eight majors as a professional. He possesses the swing and the face of the future of this game. McIlroy is a member of the 300/60 club — meaning he averages over 300 yards off the tee while hitting 60 percent of the fairways. That club is so exclusive that its members number fewer than five worldwide. Rarer, still, is a young man of McIlroy’s talent and maturity.

CAREER PGA TOUR STATS (as of Feb. 17, 2011)

  • Events — 28
  • Cuts — 23
  • 1st — 1
  • 2nd — 0
  • 3rd — 3
  • T10 — 8
  • T25 — 13
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