McIlroy enters golf’s history book
Only four players in European Tour history have triumphed at a younger age than Rory McIlroy, Sunday’s Dubai Desert Classic winner.
Only four players in European Tour history have won at a younger age than Rory McIlroy, who captured the Dubai Desert Classic by a stroke from Justin Rose on Sunday.
The Northern Ireland teenager is still three months away from his 20th birthday. South African Dale Hayes holds the record at 18 years 290 days, while Seve Ballesteros, Paul Way and Sergio Garcia also broke their ducks sooner than McIlroy.
Europe’s newest champion is now into the world’s top 20 as a result.
Teenagers to win on the European Tour are:
18 years 290 days Dale Hayes (1971 Spanish Open)
19 years 121 days Seve Ballesteros (1976 Dutch Open)
19 years 149 days Paul Way (1982 Dutch Open)
19 years 176 days Sergio Garcia (1999 Irish Open)
19 years 191 days Seve Ballesteros (1976 Lancome Trophy)
19 days 267 days Sergio Garcia (1999 German Masters)
19 days 273 days Rory McIlroy (2009 Dubai Desert Classic)
19 days 331 days Aaron Baddeley (2001 Holden International)
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Shane Lowry birdies last four holes to make Irish Open cut
Jorge Campillo tops the leaderboard at the midway point.
Keith Pelley hits back at 16 players threatening DP World Tour with legal action
Pelley says the sanctions against players who competed in the first LIV Golf event are ‘proportionate’ and ‘fair’.
JT Poston takes two-shot lead at John Deere Classic
The 29-year-old also became the first player on record to open consecutive Tour events with 62 or better.
Ryan Fox surprised to be leading after opening round of Horizon Irish Open
The New Zealander carded a flawless 64 to set the pace at Mount Juliet.
Defiant Lee Westwood does not believe playing in LIV should harm Ryder Cup hopes
Westwood doesn’t agree with penalties and sanctions.
Shane Lowry welcomes closer ties between Tours in response to threat from LIV
The PGA Tour and DP World Tour announced the next phase of their strategic alliance.
Padraig Harrington fears LIV series poses threat to future of DP World Tour
The US Senior Open champion thinks there is only room for the PGA and one other tour in the world game.
Steve Stricker makes Padraig Harrington sweat as Irishman wins US Senior Open
The pair were rival captains in last year’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.
Golfers warned of further sanctions if they continue to play in LIV breakaway
The DP World Tour has issued fines of £100,000 and tournament bans to its members who played in the inaugural LIV Golf event earlier this month