Friday 30 January 2015

2012 - Rory McIlroy's year to remember


March 4: McIlroy becomes Irish golf's first world No 1 by holding off a rampant Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic. It's his fourth victory in nine months since the 2011 US Open
March 11: Third place behind Justin Rose at the Cadillac WGC in Doral brings McIlroy's haul of top-five finishes to 11 in 13 outings, a stellar spell which includes a runner-up finish to Hunter Mahan at the Accenture Match Play.
August 12: McIlroy registers a second record-shattering Major victory at the US PGA in Kiawah. At 23 he's the youngest multiple Major-winner since Seve. He goes back to world No 1 ... to stay.
September 3 and 9: McIlroy completes Tigeresque back-to-back victories at the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championships, two FedEx Cup play-offs
September 23: Sadly, he still must settle for second behind Tour Championship winner Brandt Snedeker in the final FedEx Cup standings
September 30: McIlroy contributes three points out of five, including a singles win over Keegan Bradley, to Europe's staggering Ryder Cup success at Medinah
November 11: He finishes third behind Peter Hanson in Singapore, clinching the Race to Dubai title and emulating Luke Donald's history-making feat in 2011 of topping both money lists in the US and Europe
November 25: Brilliant birdies on the final five holes of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai clinch McIlroy's fifth win of 2012 and 10th as a pro. The record €5,519,117 he won on the European Tour this year boosts his worldwide earnings in 2012 to €11,904,126. He's banked €26,277,091 in prize money since turning pro in October 2007

THE rise and rise of Rory McIlroy accelerated to breakneck speed this year as the Holywood star achieved every target he set himself in 2012 – and then some (All photos by Getty Images)

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