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PART 1 —

I grew up in a town called Holywood, Northern Ireland, somewhere very different than the United States. And I wouldn’t change my Holywood for anything in the world. It is where my heart will always be. It is where I spent my formative years as a young person and where I fell in love with the game of golf. My mum and dad encouraged me from a young age to follow my dream and helped cultivate my passion to succeed. It still feels slightly surreal to have won four majors and to be the current #1 golfer in the world this early in my career.

I grew up idolizing the best golfers in the world, and now I’m one of them. One of the ways I idolized them was in video games. Playing video games is one of the ways I try to relax in my downtime, and one of my favorite video games was golf. That’s what makes today’s announcement so exciting to me. I am on the cover of EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR and it’s named after me. That is crazy! I am more excited than I can possibly put into words.

My dad taught me from an early age to respect the game of golf, but to always push the boundaries of what people think is possible in the game. That is why teaming up with EA SPORTS is so exciting. Their team has worked with me and we share the exact same attitude towards making this game. The tagline for the game is “Golf Without Limits” and the game really goes after this in every way. From the great player likeness in the game down to the ripples of water in front of the island green on #17 at TPC Sawgrass, the group of designers and developers at Tiburon have truly captured the essence of the game I love.

What is even more exciting is that this is just the beginning. This is EA SPORTS’ first golf video game on the PS4 and Xbox One. I am still only 25. We are both going to continue to grow and work to be the very best at our craft we can possibly be.

Thanks so much for this opportunity and please join me in exploring Golf Without Limits in EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR!

PART 2 —
What was your best subject in school?
Geography. And more so now given the travel that I do in my life.
What is your favorite animal / do you own pets?
Dogs. I used to own two dogs some years back but not now. In future years I will definitely have dogs again.
Do you speak any other languages? Which ones?
No. Perhaps I will learn in the future.
What is your craziest vacation adventure?
I haven’t had too many crazy ones. Skiing would probably be it though.
Favorite musician?
David Guetta. I am a huge fan of dance music.
Favorite movie?
Dumb and Dumber.
Favorite movie quote?
From Dumb and Dumber...

State Trooper: Pullover!
Harry Dunne: No, it's a cardigan but thanks for noticing.
Favorite book?
Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi. Such an honest story.
Favorite home cooked meal from mum?
Roast Beef and vegetables.
Who is your favorite childhood superhero?
First video game system?
Favorite video game of all-time?
EA SPORTS FIFA. Used to buy it every year as a kid.
Favorite game to play with friends?
FIFA if it's just two of us. PGA TOUR golf if it is more than two. It's always a great way to spend a few hours.
What is the coolest part of being put into the game?
Being able to play as yourself! So cool and something as a kid you would never think possible.
When was the first time you swung a club?
Aged 3. Plastic clubs that I got for Christmas. Used to swing inside the house all the time.
Where is your favorite place to play a round?
Good question. A tie between Augusta National and Royal County Down.
Who's the funniest guy on tour?
Henrik Stenson.
Who is the best dancer on tour?
Sergio Garcia!
How would other PGA TOUR Pro’s describe you?
Easy going. Friendly...I hope!
Who is the best person you've played golf with that isn't a professional golfer - like athlete or celebrity?
President Bill Clinton. Such an interesting man.
Most memorable golf shot of your career?
My 6 iron to the 10th hole of my final round in the 2011 US Open at Congressional. That pushed me on to win the first major of my career.