Beating out Tiger Woods isn’t an easy task, but in 2012, Rory McIlroy managed to do it and become the PGA Tour Player of the Year. With one major win and three other wins on the PGA Tour, McIlory finished atop the money list and added the award to his trophy case. He also won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour for 2012.
What Led to His Victory?
It all started with a victory at The Honda Classic, but then Rory falters at the Masters and only finished 40th. He bounced back as the runner up at the Wells Fargo Championship, but missed the cut at both The Players and The Memorial Tournaments. Recovering for another top ten finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Rory was well on his way to a fantastic year.
Low finishes at both the US Open and the British Open didn’t help, but he bounced back even better by adding his second career major victory at the PGA Championship. A respectable top 25 finish at The Barclays (finished 24th), two more wins at the Deutche Bank and BMW Championship and a tenth place finish at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola made it a year to remember.
Not only was Rory dominating the PGA Tour, but he was also playing well on the European Tour during the 2012 season. He’s slated to finish atop both money lists with just a few events left. He finished second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, tied for fifth at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, second at the WGC Accenture Match Play, third at the WGC Cadillac Championship, tied for fifth at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, second at the BMW Masters and third at the Barclays Singapore Open.
Defending His Titles
Rory will be in defense of many titles in 2013. It looks as if he will enter the year as the top ranked golfer in the world and the winner of both money lists. This will certainly add more pressure to his young golf career. It will be interesting to see how he handles this added pressure.
McIlroy has already announced he will cut back the amount of events he enters in 2013, which isn’t surprising. After winning his first major, he took time off to enjoy the victory and after such a productive year, he deserves a little time off for himself. There’s no doubt he will still play all four majors and be in the race for the FedEx Cup and both money lists at the end of the 2013 season.
As golf fans it’s fun to watch someone like Rory play the game when they are at the top of their own golf game. Going into the 2013 golf season, it might be a good idea to book golf tee times and take a trip to play 18 holes in one of the areas Rory will be playing a tournament. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf on one of the fine courses and catch some of the action on the PGA Tour.
Booking your tee time online after checking the 2013 schedule will help you plan your trip. You can use Golfzing to book your time and make sure it doesn’t interfere with the days and times you want to watch Rory play at his best.