As if Rory McIlroy hasn’t received enough accolades yet in 2012, there is one more that he can add to the ever growing list, and that is the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) Male Golferof the Year. Not only was he voted as the best male golfer of the year, but the vote was almost unanimous. McIlroy received a staggering 190 out of 194 possible votes. Three of the votes went to Brandt Snedeker, who won the FedEx Cup while the other vote was awarded to Tiger Woods.
The fact that he received such a large percentage of the votes and only three went to the golfer that won the FedEx Cup says a great deal about the dominance McIlroy exuded over the competition in 2012. In any other year, the winner of the year long, points based FedEx Cup would almost assuredly receive significantly more than three votes. But Rory was so dominant this year that he could have received all 194 votes and there would not be much room to argue against the outcome.
In addition to being ranked number one in the official world golf ranking and leading the PGA and European Tour money lists, McIlroy has also been voted Male Golfer of the Year by the PGA Tour, European Tour, PGA of America and the British Association of Golf Writers. Not too shabby for a 23 year old still coming into his own.
It boggles the mind to think that this youngster from Northern Ireland turned pro five years ago and has already accomplished so much. Sure, the expectations were huge as the 18-year-old declared that he was turning pro, but it is not often that such lofty expectations are fulfilled so quickly. The golfing world better hold on, because McIlroy has showed no signs of slowing down any time soon.