Golf World's Newsmakers of the Year: Rory McIlroy

Golf World editors reflect on Rory McIlroy's breakthrough season and his selection as the top newsmaker of the year.

Released on 12/15/2011

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Rory McIlroy is going to win major championships.
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I think everybody's been predicting that for a long time
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but to see him do it so quickly in his career,
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by such a really impressive performance,
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that's pretty remarkable.
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It was one of those weeks of golf,
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one of those flawless weeks of golf,
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where a player is in full song from Thursday through Sunday
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and McIlroy was.
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It was a talent that finally blossomed
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and it blossomed in a gigantic way, in an historic way,
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but separate from that, it was a seeing a character
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of Rory McIlroy and what stood out.
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It was only a few months after what happened at the Masters
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and that was such a devastating final round there.
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I think significance of Congressional began at Augusta
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because Rory really won the hearts of American fans
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with the classy way he handled his disaster
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in the final round.
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He had the big lead going into Sunday
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then he totally imploded on the back nine.
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I thought, okay he's gone for awhile,
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that's gonna leave a mark.
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He's just not going to come back.
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To see him bounce back in his very next major
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and not only win, but win the U.S. Open
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in a dominating overwhelming fashion, made you think,
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wow, this guy might be the real deal.
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He has the game to be much more than a one season wonder.
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He's got a terrific flowing swing.
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He's seemingly got all the tools.
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You know if he applies himself, if he keeps working hard,
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he's got a ton of talent
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and I think Congressional won't be his last major.
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