Rory started playing golf at a very young age and was coached by his father (Gerry). He won the 9–10 year-old division in the World Championship at Doral in Florida.
When he was 16, Rory became the youngest player to ever win both the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. He was low amateur at the 2007 Open Championship.
McIlroy turned professional in 2007 and has been chasing professional titles ever since.