Rory's sizzling six of the best...
Rory McIlroy has posted rounds of 63 or better six times on the world's major tours, his career low being the final-round 62 which clinched a spectacular first US PGA Tour victory at Quail Hollow in 2010.
62 (-10), R4, Quail Hollow Championship, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2010
McIlroy sent the vast crowds crazy and, in the process, burnt off reigning Masters champ Phil Mickelson, as he followed a 66 on Saturday with the round of his life the following afternoon.
63 (-9), R1, The British Open,
St Andrews, July 2010
McIlroy equalled the record low score at golf's four Majors with this spectacular effort on the Old Course. Though blown off course with an 80 in howling winds the next day, he fought back over the weekend to claim third behind Louis Oosthuizen.
63 (-9) R1, Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Club, yesterday
McIlroy showed he's back to his world-conquering best with his lowest round on Tour since November 2010. He beat by one his previous best on the Majlis Course, a first-round 64 when he romped to his first professional victory in 2009.
63 (-9) R4, HSBC Champions, Sheshan, Shanghai, November 2009
McIlroy was one of three to set the new course record on a dramatic final day at Sheshan as this World Golf Championship came to a cracking climax. Ernie Els got within one shot of winner – Mickelson with his 63 – while McIlroy came fourth.
63 (-8) R1, Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, September 2008
A fabulous first round in the Swiss Alps should have set up McIlroy for his first win as a professional. He missed a putt of less than five feet for outright victory and lost to Jean Francois Lucquin in sudden death.
63 (-7) R1, UBS Hong Kong Open,
HK Golf Club, Fanling, November 2010
In three years between 2009 and winning the Hong Kong Open in 2011, McIlroy shot 11 of 12 rounds in the 60s, including this superb 63 on Thursday on his way into sixth place behind 2010 winner Ian Poulter.