Upper Deck Exclusive Golfer Rory McIlroy Continues his Winning Ways and Reclaims World #1 Ranking
The affable golfer is enjoying a career resurgence after winning his third major at age 25, and continues as an exclusive spokesman for Upper Deck
CARLSBAD, Ca. (August 08, 2014) – Upper Deck exclusive spokesman Rory McIlroy has been commonly regarded as golf’s most prodigious young talent in recent years and, after laying witness to the quality of golf he has exhibited in the past two-and-a-half months which completed his ascent back to being the world’s No. 1 golfer, it is clear Northern Ireland’s native son and most famous athlete has become a renaissance man on the course, re-asserting himself among the sport’s elite.
McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship winner, added a third major championship to his trophy case by claiming the Claret Jug with his wire-to-wire win at the 2014 British Open on July 20. He followed that up with last weekend’s victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and is vying for his third consecutive tournament win, and fourth major championship, as the undisputed favorite entering this week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.
Upper Deck has always been McIlroy’s exclusive home in the sports collectibles world. Fans can look to Upper Deck for a full line of exclusive, autographed Rory McIlroy memorabilia and collectibles – including new pieces and art in the works by virtue of his Open Championship triumph at Royal Liverpool – by visiting www.upperdeckstore.com or by calling (800)551-8220.
“Upper Deck Authenticated has always showcased premium Rory McIlroy memorabilia, and we are ecstatic to watch Rory continue his rise into stardom and golf’s ancient record books,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “Our goal is to create the most innovative and extraordinary golf collectibles for this young champion that collectors will cherish. We eagerly look forward to watching him build on his impressive golf resume.”
Coupling his triumphs in his last two starts with his May victory in the London area at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, where he entered the final round seven strokes off the lead and rallied to win the European Tour’s most prestigious event, McIlroy is back at No. 1 and on the sport’s fast track to legendary status at age 25.
Owner of 14 professional tour titles and regarded as one of golf’s longest hitters, McIlroy has re-discovered the form that earned him Player of the Year honors on the PGA and European Tours in 2012. His stellar play since May suddenly has him in the driver’s seat to be named Player of the Year in 2014, and another PGA Championship title would likely clinch that award.
After winning the British Open at 25 years and 77 days, McIlroy is the third youngest golfer in history to complete three legs of golf’s modern Grand Slam, after Jack Nicklaus and Woods. Recently Upper Deck had the opportunity to talk with ESPN regarding the spiked interest in Rory McIlroy autograph collectibles: espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11326092
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