Recorded a 40-yard drive at age 2 and made his first ace at age 9…Left school at age 16 to concentrate on amateur golf…Cites Tiger Woods as his golf inspiration…Website is rorymcilroy.com….Won the 2003 Ulster Boys Championship at age 13…At age 16 became youngest player to win the Irish Amateur Closed Championship in 2005
The Rory Foundation intitiated the 6 Bags Charity Project for select golf tournaments throughout the 2013 season. The project was the first in a planned series of fundraising initiatives. The initital charity was the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, whose logo was carried on his golf bag at the season-opening Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January. Other charities included the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson (World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship), The Child Protection Team of Palm Beach (The Honda Classic), The First Tee of Miami (World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship), Chinquapin Prep (Shell Houston Open), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Wells Fargo Championship) and Blessings in a Backpack (THE PLAYERS Championship).