Local hero: Rory McIlroy helps win the Open on his return to his native country Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years
Grand slam chaser: McIlroy only needs the Masters to join an elite group of five players to complete the set of all four majors of golf. He has so far won four in an illustrious career, plus more than $ 60 million in prize money.
Striking junior: The young Northern Irishman was a prodigy. He won the World U10 title and poses with six-time big champion Nick Faldo after winning the Under 17 Division of the 2006 Faldo Junior Series at Celtic Manor in Wales.
American Idol: The young Rory idolized Tiger Woods, who won his first major in 1997 when McIlroy was eight. At nine o'clock he wrote to the American star, in which he said he "came to get him".
Greater fame: He was well known in the amateur world, making Tiger-like waves in Northern Ireland, but McIlroy showed his talents for the first time to a wider audience as an 18-year-old when he ended up being the best amateur at the 136th British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland, in 2007.
Professional breakthrough: He became a profan until after the Walker Cup, the amateur version of the Ryder Cup, in September 2007. He won his first professional event in the Dubai Desert Classic 2009.
Family affair: McIlroy & # 39; s delighted parents Gerry and Rosie had had multiple jobs and poured out every penny in his obsession with golf from a young age.
Breaking America: His first victory in the US came to the Quail Hollow Championship in May 2010.
Major looms: A first round 63 at the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews suggested McIlroy & # 39; s first major title was imminent
Blown of course: But he struggled with wild wind on day two and fell back before he fought to a distant third place behind South African Louis Oosthuizen.
Nearly Miss: A few weeks after the British Open, McIlroy missed a one-shot playoff to finish third at the American PGA in Whistling Straits
Hair Care: European Ryder Cup players and caddies wore wigs resembling the shock of curly dark hair from Rory McIlroy prior to a practice session for the 2010 event at Celtic Manor
Grand Coronation?: McIlroy was inspired form at Augusta for the Masters of 2011 and led by four shots entering the last day. A maiden major victory seemed to be a formality.
Masters Meltdown: He still led one in the 10th part in the final round. But a wandering ride in trees to the left of the waterway led to a famous collapse when he dropped six shots into three holes.
Scar tissue ?: He played a final round 80 after an arm in the green coat. Many thought he would have trouble overcoming his collapse.
Record breaker: But he spectacularly returned with a wire-to-wire victory in the US Open two months later and break a whole series of score messages along the way.
Big Winner: McIlroy won his first eight-shots main title at Congressional Country Club and marked him as the hottest possession of the game.
Homecoming: He took the US Open trophy to Holywood Golf Club outside of Belfast, where he got to know the game as a golf-mad youngster.
Fair weather golfer: But at the British Open that summer, McIlroy struggled again in bad weather and told reporters that he wasn't a fan of having the fight against the elements.
Top of the World: Victory in the Dog a classic in Florida in March 2012 brought McIlroy to world number 1 for the first time – less than five years after being prof.
Late in the day: An alarm clock episode meant McIlroy needed a police escort to complete the course on time, but he managed to win his Sunday Singles competition to help Europe reach the "Miracle of Medinah" in the Ryder Cup in Chicago.
& # 39; Brain Dead & # 39 ;: In another honest assessment of his disappointing game, McIlory admitted he felt he was "brain dead" "and" was unconscious while struggling in the British Open in Muirifield, Scotland in 1945.
Childhood Dream: The following year he dominated the British Open in Hoylake, in memory of Woods' performance at the Liverpool location in 2006, to lift his first Claret Jug and third major title.
Connection with the big ones: He only became the third player after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win three majors with 25.
Four timer: Only weeks later, McIlroy placed the American PGA title in Valhalla, Kentucky. The win in three of the game's four majors brought him to the brink of a grand slam career.
Masters missing: It was not to be a third major in a row and the last part of the grand slam as McIlroy finished fourth with Augusta in April 2015, together with Tiger Woods on the last day.
Love match: McIlroy was accompanied by partner Erica Stoll for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. The couple married the following year.
Comeback kid: After a 2017 break due to an injury, a refreshed Rory hit back with a victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Bay Hill in March 2018, his first title since winning the Tour Championship in 2016.