Golf: 2013 Is Pivotal Year For Rory McIlroy

By Les Bailey
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

With the 2012 Professional Golf season in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming campaign for 2013. Although the PGA Tour kicks off the new season in Hawaii with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in the first week of January, and the European Tour already underway in South Africa, the tournament every golf fan in the world is waiting for is Jan 17th. That’s when current number one, Rory McIlroy will tee it up with arguably one of the best golfers the planet has ever seen, Tiger Woods at Abu Dhabi.

Robert Rock won this tournament last year, defeating McIlroy who finished in second place, and Tiger Woods who finished in a tie for third with Graeme McDowell, and Thomas Bjorn.

McIlroy spent the 2012 season cementing the number one status by wining his second Major in the winds at  Kiawah Island, defeated the 2011 PGA Champ, Keegan Bradley on Singles Sunday at the Ryder Cup, and won the Race To Dubai. Not to mention, He also won The Vardon Trophy,  the money list on both tours, and oh yeah..PGA Player of the Year. The question that remains unanswered, can he do it again?

If he truly wants to get himself into the rarefied air that has been only enjoyed by a few, ie…Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer, he needs to continue doing it for the next decade. Is Rory up to the task? In order for him to successfully de-throne Tiger Woods as the driving force in golf, he will need to git it done again in 2013.

Tiger has re-vamped his swing, and golf game, and with three wins in 2012, is not going to go away quietly. He will be going to Abu Dhabi with one goal in mind. Beat Rory McIlroy. So Rory needs to kick off the first of what should be a season of battles against the former champ that will show the world if he indeed has the mettle to dethrone Tiger Woods and become the worlds greatest golfer.

With all of that said, 2013 becomes the year of Go, or Go Home for the youngster from Northern Ireland. 2013 will be the year we find out if he will indeed become what we all want him to be, and what Professional Golf and the Television Networks need for him to be. The personality that will bring casual fans, as well as hard core fans to the TV when he has a share of the lead in a tournament. After all, that’s what Tiger Woods has done for over a decade.

I personally can’t wait for the new season to get underway. I want to See Rory McIlroy put up a valiant challenge to the throne, but what excites me the most is the Sunday afternoon’s that should be filled with great golf. We should see plenty of tournaments with Rory and Tiger coming down the stretch with a chance to win. Put the other great young golfers who are on tour, in the mix, and we should be blessed with some memorable endings throughout the 2013 season.

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