Rory McIlroy's grip on the world number one spot in golf loosened Friday after a disastrous seven-over-par 79 at the European Tour's PGA Championship at Wentworth saw the Northern Irishman miss the cut.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy lost his cool in the midst of a heatwave at the BMW PGA Championship as Luke Donald stepped up his challenge to usurp the 2011 U.S. Open champion at the top of the rankings.
After finishing tied for 40th at the Masters in April, Rory McIlroy might have been expected to throw himself into a punishing training regime.
Rory McIlroy reclaimed golf's No. 1 ranking without lifting a club after Ryder Cup teammate Luke Donald finished down the field in 37th at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
It all looked so simple for Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the 2011 Masters.
After a gut-wrenching collapse on the final day of the 2011 Masters, questions were asked about Rory McIlroy's mental fortitude and his ability to compete for golf's major honors.
Nick Faldo believes Rory McIlroy will be World No. 1 for a very long time.
Rory McIlroy's first round as new world number one ended in a disappointing one-over par 73 as Adam Scott and Jason Dufner set the pace in the WGC-Cadillac Championships at Doral in the U.S. state of Florida.
Fresh from becoming world no.1 for the first time, Rory McIlroy is predicting "exciting times" for golf as the world's top players hit peak form ahead of the Masters at Augusta.
Rory McIlroy kept his nerve in the face of a last day charge from Tiger Woods to win the Honda Classic Sunday and jump to the top of the world rankings.
Rory McIlroy trailed leaders Justin Rose and Tom Gillis by just a shot as he stepped up his bid to become world No.1 at the halfway stage of the Honda Classic Friday.
Rory McIlroy began a fresh bid to topple Luke Donald as world No. 1 with a challenging four-under-par 66 in the Honda Classic in Florida Thursday.
Rory McIlroy has never played in a World Match Play semifinal before, and he has never been ranked No. 1.
Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood scored convincing third round victories at the WGC World Match Play Championship in Arizona Friday to maintain their hopes of claiming the No. 1 ranking spot this weekend.
CNN's Living Golf sits down with Rory McIlroy and see what is in store for the young golfer.
World No. 3 Rory McIlroy eclipsed illustrious playing partners Luke Donald and Tiger Woods as he took a share of the lead after the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is relishing the chance to lock horns with 14-time major winner Tiger Woods and world number one Luke Donald when the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship tees off Thursday.
Can Tiger Woods regain his form, or will one of Asia's rising stars become the toast of the links?
In April, a dejected Rory McIlroy slumped away from the well-manicured Augusta National golf course after suffering one of the most dramatic final-round collapses in the sport's history.
Rory McIlroy revealed that he might be battling a tropical disease after his bid to become Europe's top golfer faltered at the end of his second round at the Dubai World Championship on Friday.
Rory McIlroy boosted his hopes of being crowned European No.1 with a six-under-par 66 Thursday in the first round of the Dubai World Championship.
World number one Luke Donald has already set his sights on winning his first major in 2012, ahead of a weekend which could see the Englishman become the first golfer to top both the European and PGA Tour money lists.
The European Tour season will come to an end in Dubai this weekend, with golf's top two players going head-to-head in an attempt to finish top of the money list for 2011.
Rory McIlroy kept alive his hopes of winning the European Tour's Race to Dubai with a thrilling victory in the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy's chances of finishing top of the European Tour money list faded on Saturday as he slipped to fifth place at the Hong Kong Open after carding a level-par round of 70.
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World number two Rory McIlroy retained a share of the lead at the Hong Kong Open despite a poor finish to Friday's second round, keeping alive his hopes of overhauling Luke Donald at the top of the European Tour money list.
World number two Rory McIlroy carded an opening-round 64 at the Hong Kong Open Thursday as he continues his bid to overhaul Luke Donald at the top of the European Tour money list.
Ireland will seek to win the World Cup of Golf for the first time since 1997 on Sunday after Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell earned a two-shot lead in China.
Irish pair Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shared the lead at the halfway stage of golf's World Cup in China after a second round four-under-par 68 Friday.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is $2 million richer on Sunday after holding his nerve to beat American Anthony Kim in a play-off at the Shanghai Masters at Lake Malaren.
Rory McIlroy will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Shanghai Masters after firing an impressive seven-under par round of 65 on Saturday.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy moved closer to claiming the $2 million winner's check at the Shanghai Masters Friday, carding a second round 69 to lead the field by two strokes.
World number three Rory McIlroy carded an opening round 64 on Thursday to finish eight-under-par and lead the Shanghai Masters by one shot.
Rory McIlroy is enjoying the best year of his fledgling golf career, but the U.S. Open champion is already making plans to spread his wings further.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley share a seven-shot lead after the first round of the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda.
Michael Hoey held off a last-round charge from U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy to claim the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews Sunday.
Rory McIlroy tells CNN?s Don Riddell about his ambition to become the world?s number one golfer.
British golfer Rory McIlroy has enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2011, winning his first major championship and climbing to third in the world rankings.
Rory McIlroy is in a four-way tie for the lead at the European Masters after shooting a two-under par round of 69 in Friday's second round at the Crans-sur-Sierre club in Switzerland.
Apart from their incredible golfing ability, this year's major winners, Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, have another thing in common.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is set for a move back to the PGA Tour in America after a year-long absence.
Rory McIlroy has defended his preparation for this week's British Open as he bids to win back-to-back majors without playing any competitive golf since his U.S. Open triumph at Congressional.
Rory McIlroy tells Piers Morgan how he was able to recover after the Masters collapse.
On a hot April afternoon, young Rory McIlroy had the lead and only nine holes to play before he could become the Masters golf champion.
Rory McIlroy discusses the Tiger Woods scandal with CNN's Piers Morgan, and his own new superstardom.
Cockiness and swagger serve him on the golf course, but there's much more to golf's young phenom, Rory McIlroy.
New U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy tells CNN's Piers Morgan his take on Tiger Woods.
Newly-crowned U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy has risen to a career-high third in golf's world rankings, while British players occupy the sport's top three for the first time since the system was introduced in 1986.
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Rory McIlroy talks with Living Golf Host Shane O'Donoghue following a historic 8 stroke win at the U.S. Open.
Newly-crowned U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy has told CNN he would love to emulate the dominance of former world number one Tiger Woods after clinching his first major triumph at Congressional County Club on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy enjoyed a triumphant march Sunday to his first major title as a two-under-par 69 gave him an eight-shot victory in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.
Patrick Snell looks back on Saturday's play at the U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy tightened his grip on the U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland Saturday, after another commanding display in the third round earned him an eight-stroke lead.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy equaled the biggest halfway lead in U.S. Open history, after a sensational second round display at the Congressional course in Maryland.
Rory McIlroy once again gave notice of his designs on a major championship after a stunning round of 65 saw him surge to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard.
Rory McIlroy is preparing for a long, hot final day at the weather-affected Malaysian Open as he seeks to bounce back from his Masters disappointment.
Rory McIlroy bounced back after his Masters disappointment to share the lead at halfway in the Malaysian Open Friday with Swede Alexander Noren.
Rory McIlroy has been reflecting on his meltdown at the Masters, after the 21-year-old squandered a four-stroke lead going into the final round at Augusta, eventually carding an eight-over-par 80 to finish 10 strokes behind winner Charl Schwartzel.
Rory McIlroy will take a four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Masters at Augusta National after posting a two-under par round of 70 on Saturday.
Rory McIlroy leads the Masters by two shots at halfway from Australian Jason Day but a late Tiger Woods charge stole the limelight at Augusta Friday.
CNN's Shane O'Donoghue interviews Rory McIlroy, who leads the Masters Tournament after the first round of play.
Rory McIlroy has told CNN his 2010 British Open disappointment -- where he led for much of the event but failed to win -- is on his mind after his first round at the Augusta National left him joint top of the leaderboard
Rory McIlroy set the pace after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic with a blistering seven-under 65 as the world's top three golfers all stayed in the hunt with sub-par rounds.
Young golf star Rory McIlroy has turned his back on the PGA Tour and decided to focus on playing in Europe next year, revealing that he feels "lonely" when on the U.S. circuit.
Rory McIlroy says he is ready to lead Europe's Ryder Cup charge after his recent punishing schedule in America took its toll.
Golf's rising star Rory McIlroy says he has learned from his "rollercoaster" experience at the British Open and is tipping himself to be a contender in the PGA Championship which starts Thursday at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
South African Louis Oosthuizen held the halfway lead in the British Open as gale force winds derailed the challenge of overnight leader Rory McIlroy and a clutch of other contenders.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy equaled the lowest-ever round at a major championship with a nine-under-par 63 on the opening day of the British Open at St Andrews on Thursday.
Two of golf's brightest young stars gave notice of their designs on the very top with a pair of blistering victories over the weekend.
CNN's Justin Armsden talks to Rory McIlroy and golfing icon, Gary Player about playing at his new course at Saadiyat Beach.
Golf legend Gary Player has told CNN that 20-year-old Rory McIlroy "has the world at his feet" after the Northern Ireland ace claimed his seventh top-10 finish from eight stroke play events with a third-place finish in Abu Dhabi.
Rory McIlroy has been handed a fitness boost ahead of the prestigious WGC-Accenture World Match Play Championship in Arizona next week.
World No. 4 Lee Westwood goes into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic in a four-way share of the lead following his four-under-par 68 on Saturday.
Rory McIlroy made a strong start to the defense of his Dubai Desert Classic title, ending Thursday's opening round in a six-way tie for the lead.
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell underlined their potential as a possible Ryder Cup pairing with a hard-fought four-under-par 68 in Friday's foursomes at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup -- to maintain Ireland's three-stroke lead.
Rory McIlroy bounced back from his disappointing end to the European Tour season by helping Ireland surge to a three-shot lead at the World Cup teams event in China on Thursday.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy leads a quartet of golfing stars who can land the inaugural Race to Dubai crown as the European season reaches its finale in the emirate on Thursday.
Lee Westwood will take a commanding five-shot lead over European Tour money list rival Rory McIlroy into the final round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship on Sunday.
Lee Westwood stole an early march on European Tour money list leader Rory McIlroy as he fired a superb six-under-par 66 on the opening day of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.
Rory McIlroy returned to the top of the Race To Dubai standings after a stunning final round saw him finish second at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.
The top four players on the European Tour money list have all avoided each other in the draw for the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain this week.
Rory McIlroy birdied the famous Road Hole 17th at St Andrews -- and added another on the 18th -- to hold a share of the halfway lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland on Friday.
CNN's Justin Armsden speaks with promising young golf pro Rory McIlroy at the teenager's home in Northern Ireland.
CNN's Living Golf team meet Rory McIlroy at his home club, Lough Erne, to see how he's coping with all the attention.
When teenage golf sensation Rory McIlroy tees off at the Shell Houston Open Thursday, he'll be sharing the green with the strongest field in the tournament's history.
April's edition of Living Golf will come from Holywood... No, not Tinseltown but a town in Northern Ireland where golf's biggest box-office ticket Rory McIlroy lives.
Rory McIlroy may be tipped for great things but according to the "CNN Living Golf" producer, Chris Eldergill, his home course is on the road to success as well.
Australia's Geoff Ogilvy halted the dream run of Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy 2&1 in the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships in Arizona on Saturday.
Rory McIlroy continued his dream American debut when he booked a place in the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.
Teenage sensation Rory McIlroy claimed his first European Tour title as he held off a world class field to win the prestigious Dubai Desert Classic.
Precocious teenager Rory McIlroy takes a two-shot lead into the final day of the fog-hit Dubai Desert Classic as he chases his first European Tour win.
Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy underlined his future Ryder Cup potential with a superb eight-under-par 64 to hold a one-stroke first round lead at the Dubai Desert Classic before play was suspended due to bad light.
Jean-Francois Lucquin won the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre by winning a playoff against 19-year-old Rory McIlroy, who allowed the title to slip from his grasp.
Teenager Rory McIlroy took command of the European Masters with a brilliant five-under-par 66 at Crans-Sur-Sierre on Saturday to take a four-shot lead going into the final round.
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