Major taboo for Rory McIlroy since 2014

From 2014 to the present, McIlroy has accumulated an impressive record of 20 Top 10 finishes in major championships but has yet to secure a win.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Major taboo for Rory McIlroy since 2014
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In Louisville, Kentucky, on the grounds of the Valhalla Golf Club, where he clinched his second PGA Championship victory in 2014, Rory McIlroy will attempt to break a decade-long drought in the 106th edition of the tournament, running from tomorrow until Sunday, May 19th.

The world number 2, fresh off his impressive performance at the Wells Fargo Championship, seeks to overcome a longstanding challenge in securing a Grand Slam title. It's been ten years since the Northern Irishman, who claimed victory at the US Open in 2011, achieved his first PGA Championship win in 2012, followed by The Open title in 2014 (before claiming a repeat victory at the PGA).

However, this year, McIlroy has once again postponed his dream of completing the Grand Slam, with The Masters remaining elusive for him.

Pga Championship, results

From 2014 to the present, McIlroy has accumulated an impressive record of 20 Top 10 finishes in major championships but has yet to secure a win.

Now, having won the last two PGA Tour events (the Zurich Classic, partnered with Shane Lowry, before the Wells Fargo Championship), the three-time FedEx Cup champion and symbol of European golf is determined to return to the winner's circle in a major championship.

This quest comes amidst personal challenges, as the world number 2 has recently decided to separate from his wife, Erica Stoll, whom he married in 2017. Rory McIlroy, born on May 4, 1989, in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, is a professional golfer renowned for his exceptional talent and numerous accomplishments in the sport.

Raised as the only child of Gerry and Rosie McIlroy, Rory showed early promise in golf, beginning to swing clubs at the tender age of two. By 2007, at just 18 years old, he turned professional, quickly ascending to become the youngest player in the top 50 of the world rankings.

Since then, Rory, affectionately known as Rors, has amassed an impressive record, securing victory in 13 tournaments, including four major championships. His major wins include the U.S. Open in 2011, the PGA Championship in 2012, and The Open in 2014.

His remarkable achievements have not only solidified his status as one of golf's elite players but also propelled him to the coveted position of world number one. McIlroy's journey in golf owes much to the unwavering support of his parents, who made significant sacrifices to nurture his talent.

Working multiple jobs and enduring night shifts, they ensured Rory had the opportunity to pursue his passion and continue his development in the sport. At the age of 16, Rory made the decision to leave his studies behind, focusing entirely on his golf career.

Through dedication, talent, and perseverance, Rory McIlroy has risen to become one of golf's most celebrated figures, inspiring fans around the world with his skill and passion for the game.

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