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Golf Australia Express : Issue 26
Born May 4, 1989. Hits a 40-yard drive aged 2. Wins the 2002 Ulster Boys Championship at 13. Wins the 2003 Irish Boys Championship at 14. Wins the 2004 Irish Youths Amateur Championship at 15. Becomes the youngest player, at 16, to win the Irish Amateur Closed Championship in 2005. In 2006 he wins the Irish Amateur Closed Championship for a second consecutive year, becoming the European Amateur Individual Champion. Finishing T42 at the 2007 British Open, he wins a silver medal as leading amateur aged 18. Represents Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in 2007. Turns pro in September 2007 and joins European Tour. Wins enough money from just two events in 2007 to finish in the top 115 on the order of merit—the quickest player to achieve the feat at the time. Wins the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, becoming the seventh youngest winner in European Tour history. Reaches the top 10 of the world rankings at 20 years old in 2009. Wins the US Open in 2011 to become the youngest European Tour major winner and youngest US Open champion since 1923. On Sunday, aged 22 years and 305 days, he became the second youngest player to reach the world No.1 ranking after Tiger Woods (21 years and 167 days). THE RISE OF RORY Here’s a snapshot of Rory McIlroy’s rapid rise to the top of world golf. In many ways the Northern Irishman seemed destined to hold the post: PLAYER THE