Scheffler-McIlroy, a challenge for leadership

A total prize pool of $20 million will be up for grabs in the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament, taking place February 1-4 in Pebble Beach, California

by Andrea Gussoni
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Scheffler-McIlroy, a challenge for leadership
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A total prize pool of $20 million will be up for grabs in the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament, taking place February 1-4 in Pebble Beach, California. In this tournament, world leadership will be on the line, with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy looking to get back into first place, currently occupied by Scottie Scheffler.

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McIlroy arrives with strong ambitions following a victory in the United Arab Emirates and will participate alongside Scheffler and other big names in golf, including Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Brian Harman and Wyndham Clark.

The only one absent from the world Top 10 will be Jon Rahm, who will participate in another tournament in Mexico. Additionally, there will be plenty of attention on Tommy Fleetwood, Ludvig Aberg and Nick Dunlap, the latter making his professional debut following an amateur win on the PGA Tour.

He was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, where he attended Sullivan Upper School. Rory McIlroy, the famous golfer, is a member of the Holywood Golf Club and began his first training sessions under the guidance of Michael Bannon, a coach he has maintained to this day.

His youth career was very promising. In 2004, he was part of the winning team of the Junior Ryder Cup. The following year, in 2005, he became the youngest winner of both Irish tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship.

Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, he set a course record at The Royal Portrush with a score of 61 shots, a record that remained unbeaten until 2019, when the Open Championship was played at The Royal Portrush .

In 2006, Rory McIlroy won the stage of the European Amateur Championship at Golf Club Le Betulle in Biella, Piedmont, with a score of 274 shots, 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. He also represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and Amateur World Team Championship in the same year.

In 2007, McIlroy made headlines when he shot an opening round of 68, 3-under par, at the Open Championship at Carnoustie, placing him provisionally third. Despite some difficulties in the subsequent laps, he still managed to make the cut and finished in 42nd place, the best among the amateurs.

In 2007, Rory McIlroy was also part of the Great Britain and Ireland team at the Walker Cup. His youth career was a stepping stone to a very successful professional golf career.

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