Rory McIlroy, one of the protagonists this week of the DP World Tour Championship, scheduled from 18 to 21 November in Dubai, wanted to say about him on the new golf Super League sponsored by a Saudi fund. "I play golf to carve out a place in history and to win the most important tournaments in the world.
If, on the other hand, there is someone who does it just to earn as much as possible, he is free to behave in this way. But my idea about the nascent Super League it's what I've always had: I don't share it."
"Look at what happened, the Northern Irishman, in soccer. I believe that in sport, as in life, there are also moral issues. I like to play in front of big golf fans and in historical tournaments, which excite me."
McIlroy was part of the Junior Ryder Cup winning team in 2004, while in 2005 he became the youngest winner of both Irish tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, played at The Royal Portrush, he beats the field record with a 61 at the age of 16, a record still unbeaten in 2019 at The Open Championship, played right at The Royal Portrush .
In August 2006 he won the stage played at the Le Betulle Golf Club in Biella, Piedmont, of the European Amateur Championship with a score of 274 strokes (65-69-72-68), 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. In October 2006 he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and the Amateur World Team Championship.
On February 6, 2007, he became the second man to lead the World Amateur Golf Rankings, despite losing the lead after only a week. McIlroy made an opening lap with 68 strokes, 3 under par, at the Carnoustie Open Championship in 2007, which took him to provisional third place, three strokes behind the leader.
In the same opening lap he was also the only player on the pitch to close without even a bogey. In the second lap he shot 5 over par bringing it to +2 overall, still gaining access to the third lap by overcoming the cut. In the third round he finished with 2 shots above par, while in the fourth with 1 shot more than par, finishing in 42nd place, the best of amateurs.
McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland squad at the 2007 Walker Cup. His first appearance on the European Tour dates back to the 2005 British Master, a few days after he turned sixteen. He made it through the cut for the first time on a European Tour at the age of seventeen, at the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic, where he also had to forgo the € 7,600 prize due to his amateur status.