Definitely one of this island’s hottest sporting prospects in years, Rory McIlroy has the golfing world at his feet. Already a U.S. Open winner in 2011, he has also represented Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup. In October 2006, at 17 years of age, McIlroy represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy, which is the Amateur World Team Championship. This young 23 year old has many professional wins to his name so far, with hopefully many more to come in the years ahead. He is the first Irish golfer to be ranked number 1 in the world, (on March 4th 2012), and the second youngest to ever achieve this honour in the history of the game.