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Video: Rory McIlroy's best bits from Ryder Cups to Major Championships

By Ali Gordon

Published 18/05/2015

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after his win on the 18th hole during the final round at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 17, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after his win on the 18th hole during the final round at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 17, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Following his sensational record-breaking win at Quail Hollow in the Wells Fargo Championship, we take a look at the world number one's best bits.

From major wins to oversleeping, championship wins to champagne mishaps, it has been a spectacular few years for the 26-year-old.

 

2011: US Open

The Holywood ace rounded off a remarkable four days at Congressional with his first major title, by eight-shots.

McIlroy became the youngest US Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the youngest major winner since Tiger Woods triumphed at the Masters in 1997.

Australian Jason Day was second, with Lee Westwood in third.

 

2012: PGA Championship

His second major win was a magnificent eight-shot victory in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

The win not only took him back to world number one, but also saw him become the youngest winner of the tournament since it adopted stroke play in 1958 and set a new PGA Championship record after beating the previous biggest winning margin set by Jack Nicklaus 32 years before.

 

2012: Ryder Cup

You would never have known that McIlroy had been escorted to Medinah by police when he sunk his final putt to secure victory over Keegan Bradley.

The golfer may have overslept and arrived just 11 minutes before his tee-off time, but he still managed to shoot a 32 for the first nine holes.

"It's the most nervous I have ever been driving to a golf course," he later admitted.

 

2014: The Open

McIlroy joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three majors by the time they were 25.

He won with a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on a thrilling final day at Hoylake to become the second golfer in Northern Ireland to win The Open after Darren Clarke's win in 2011.

 

2014: PGA Championship

Becoming the first player from the United Kingdom to win back-to-back majors, McIlroy showed his class in what he described as his "best golf".

As the darkness came in at Valhalla, McIlroy's three-under 68 on the final day saw off Phil Mickelson, with Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson one shot adrift.

 

2014: Ryder Cup

You can't win the Ryder Cup on your own. But, you can certainly set the pace.

McIlroy's crushing win over Rickie Fowler in the singles was the first of four needed to secure victory over Team USA for the eighth time in 10 years, and it certainly got the momentum going for the rest of the day.

McIlroy was so excited he couldn't keep his champagne sealed.

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