Meet our Health Ambassador: Rory McIlroy

Supporting all aspects of care and the connection to the game of golf

Every part of health needs to play as one. Just as in the game of golf, the importance of a strong body and mind are the keys to success. Optum and our Health Ambassador, Rory McIlroy, are paving the way toward health care done right. Because health care is better when it’s built for the whole you.

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Rory giving it a go left-handed

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Support comes in many forms

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One of Rory's best shots

Rory and Optum share a passion in helping communities thrive

Our dedication to helping others is a boundaryless endeavor. Driving progress and making a real impact on every dimension of health takes empathy, engagement and action, in the heart of the communities we serve. One connection, one person at a time. 

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Youth participants from The First Tee Memphis chapter interviewed Rory through a virtual press conference.

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Rory surprises two frontline health care workers from St. Vincent's Mobile Health Unit by inviting them to follow him inside the ropes.

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THE PLAYERS Championship® gathers the game's greatest golfers to compete for one of its most coveted titles and creates unforgettable moments that have defined careers.

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Thank you to all health care workers on the front lines

Optum Health Ambassador, Rory McIlroy, is thankful for the dedication and compassionate care all health care workers are making during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the TaylorMade Driving Relief golf match supported by UnitedHealth Group, Rory surprised Penny Palmer, Optum nurse practitioner and avid golfer from New York, with a video call. Rory expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the extraordinary care and commitment she has demonstrated during this trying time. 

The charity golf match raised a total of 5+ million in donations with $3 million going toward the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation. Both Optum and UnitedHealth Group are committed to fight COVID-19 and support impacted communities around the world.

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Rory: “Hi Penny”

Penny: “Hi Rory”

Rory: “I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you and your colleagues are doing right now. People before this pandemic I think looked up to people like me and people who play sports and entertainers but the people they really should be looking up to are the people like you. So I just wanted to say thank you so much for fighting on the front lines and keeping people safe and saving lives.