Rory achieved an ambition he had held since being 6 years old by winning The Open and lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool.
"I've thought about what it would mean and how special it would be to win an Open at Royal Portrush in front of a home crowd." Rory Mcilroy
A winner of four majors before the age of 26, including the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he beat Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two strokes.
Has since finished joint fifth, fourth, second and, last year, third at St Andrews.
Was an eight-shot winner of both the 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship, the first of those making him at 22 the youngest holder of the trophy since Bobby Jones in 1923.
Three weeks after his Hoylake success, he added a second PGA crown. At 17, he was European amateur champion, at 18 leading amateur at The Open and in the 2010 Championship at St Andrews, he equalled the then major record of 63.
He has had nine spells as world No.1, has been part of six Ryder Cup sides and has 23 PGA Tour wins, three of them World Golf Championships and three of them at the Tour Championship.
Last season he did the double in becoming the FedEx Cup champion and DP World Tour rankings winner – respectively for the third and fourth time. Needs only The Masters to complete a career Grand Slam and finished runner-up to Scottie Scheffler at Augusta in 2022. Was second again at the recent US Open.