Author: David Archer
Published: 12:29 13/11/2012
With each year that passes, Rory McIlroy builds on his successes and becomes a better competititor in the global sport and business that is golf. 23 year-old McIlory has many fans, not least his 1,397,335 followers on Twitter, and this is tribute to his success on the golf course and his engaging personality.
In 2012 the world Number One won four PGA Tour victories, including his second major, the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, by a record 8 shots and became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA tour alone. He has just been named the PGA of America’s Player of the Year, lifting the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average of the season, and he is expected to be runaway winner of the PGA Tour’s own Player of the Year award in the next couple of weeks. He has had four wins as well as helping Europe to their astonishing Ryder Cup comeback at Medinah this year. Phew!
The man from Holywood in Northern Ireland has also matched Luke Donald’s historic 2011 feat, by topping the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic. After achieving third place in the Barclays Singapore Open on Sunday, he has been confirmed winner of The 2012 Race to Dubai. McIlroy has commented “I am going to end up playing 13 or 14 events on the European Tour this year. That’s obviously a lot less than a lot of other people but I have played in the bigger tournaments with the higher prize funds, which has allowed me to get to the top”. Colin Montgomerie, who won the European money list a record eight times, is impressed, saying “What Rory has achieved this year has been absolutely fantastic. Last year, when Luke won both money lists, everyone thought how good was that? But now Rory’s set to do it. And he’s won the US PGA as well. He is a worthy world Number One... and to think he is still only 23”.
Rory Mcillroy is now the youngest Order of Merit winner since Sandy Lyle in 1980 but he is not complacent about the future. He acknowledges his success and notes that “it really is hugely satisfying to finally become the European Number One, especially after finishing second in two of the last three years” but adds that he has much still to do, saying “...with so many very good players on both sides of the Atlantic it will not be a time to be resting on my laurels. Monty (Colin Montgomerie) won eight Order of Merits in his prime and I have won one, so there is plenty of ground to make up. Also Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors and I now have my name on two, so targeting the majors will still be my main focus next season”.
The bookmakers reckon that McIlroy has a strong chance of adding to his 2012 achievements next year, by winning at least one further Major. Bookmaker Boylesports offers odds of 7/4 that McIlroy will gain a third Major, with Sportingbet offering odds of 14/1 that he will also secure his fourth. There is plenty more to come from this exceptional golfer, and 2013 promises amazing golfing performances from Rory McIlroy.
Bookmaker Bwin will surely see plenty of interest in their opening show of 6/1 for Mcilroy to win the 2013 PGA Tour Money List .