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Rory McIlroy

As a preview to the U.S. Open, we spend exclusive time with its 2011 champion, Rory McIlroy. Over the course of three days at Adare Manor in Ireland, we take an in-depth look at where his career currently is at a seminal point in his life. On the surface many things seem perfect for the 29-year-old. Recently married, a jet-set lifestyle, millions in the bank. Aside from Tiger Woods, he's the biggest name in the game. But there's an intense, burning desire that drives Rory and always leaves him wanting more.

Presenter Shane O'Donoghue, who's known Rory since he was 13 years of age, finds out about his failure to complete the career Grand Slam at The Masters this year, the pressure of not winning a Major for almost four years now, and his hopes heading into the second Major of the year, the U.S. Open.

We also follow Rory in a charity fourball match around Adare Manor's stunning new course, designed by Tom Fazio with fellow Irishmen, Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Shane Lowry. We get their thoughts, as well as other experts, on what makes Rory such a special talent.

McIlroy has previously admitted that he doesn't always love the game; such is the pressure and attention that comes with being one of the best players in the world. He needed to reclaim that unbridled passion for golf, and events like the Adare Manor charity match played with friends back home in Ireland go a long way to doing so. But with the U.S. Open just around the corner, it's time for Rory to get serious again. It's time to get back to Major-winning ways.
Duration30 Mins
Episode No. out of Series Total180
Production CountryUnited States
Production Year2018
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